Louis Theroux's long awaited documentary My Scientology Movie has already been the cause of much controversy and it hasn't even been officially released yet. The Scientology community have reportedly tried to prevent him from making it at every turn and even have threatened to do a documentary on Theroux himself.... whatever that would do.

The documentary premiered at the London Film Festival in October, while it will also be shown at The first Tribeca Film Festival in a few weeks, hence the below clip.

Theroux said of the documentary;

"More than 10 years ago, I approached the church to see if they might let me in to make a documentary. I thought I might be able to bring a sense of nuance and perspective to people’s understanding of a faith that has been much ridiculed. Just as I have done with other non-mainstream stories, I hoped to see it from the inside and make a human connection with its clerics and congregants. But I was repeatedly turned down."

"In the course of making my film I came to believe I was being tailed by private investigators, someone in Clearwater, Florida (Scientology’s spiritual mecca) attempted to hack my emails, we were filmed covertly, I also had the police called on me more than once, not to mention a blizzard of legal letters from Scientology lawyers,” says Theroux. “And yet, at every step I remained open to Scientology’s good points and tried to see it for what it is: a system of belief that is not so different from other religions, capable of enlarging the soul as well as crushing the spirit."

If the movie is in any way as good as the clip below, it's not to be missed...

(There's no official Irish release date yet but we will keep you posted.)