Louis Theroux's My Scientology Movie is the film Tom Cruise wouldn't want you to see - 2016-10-07
The collision between the Church of Scientology and Louis Theroux's trademark faux-naivety was always likely to be a hoot, and so it proves, especially when, entirely po-faced, he films them filming him filming them.
Theroux (pictured), as always at least twice as guileful as his politely respectful demeanour suggests, finds out far more about this deeply strange organisation, founded by the man they all call 'Ellaraitch' (sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard), than more pugnacious documentary-makers ever could.
His uneasy ally is Marty Rathbun, who was once the Scientologists' 'Inspector-General' but has since turned his back on the whole crazy business. Substitute 'witchfinder' for 'Inspector' and you wouldn't be far wrong; Rathbun was a kind of enforcer, in thrall like everyone else to the sect's charismatic leader, David Miscavige.