Scientology Documentary ‘Going Clear’ to Air on Rupert Murdoch’s Sky

BERLIN — Rupert Murdoch’s European pay TV operator Sky is to air Alex Gibney’s controversial documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.”

The film, which recently garnered seven Emmy Award nominations, including for direction and documentary special, will screen on Sept. 21 on the Sky Atlantic channel.

The documentary profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, shining a light on how the  church attracts true believers and the things they do in the name of religion. It highlights the church’s origins — from its roots in the mind of founder L. Ron Hubbard to its rise to popularity in Hollywood and beyond.

“Going Clear,” which is based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright, is produced by Jigsaw Productions for Sky Atlantic.

Celia Taylor, Sky’s head of non-scripted commissioning, commented: “’Going Clear’ is a brilliantly compelling film that unflinchingly probes the secretive world of Scientology through powerful testimony and a beautifully crafted narrative. I am extremely proud of it.”

Zai Bennett, director of Sky Atlantic, added: “I’m hugely proud that Sky Atlantic has co-produced ‘Going Clear,’ especially in light of its recent success gaining seven Emmy nominations. I’m sure that Sky audiences will be captivated by Alex Gibney’s remarkable film.”

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