Louis shoots fish in the Scientology barrel

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Louis shoots fish in the Scientology barrel

Published:

Thu, 06/10/2016 - 16:17

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paul
Louis Theroux
Louis Theroux
Published: 
06 October, 2016
by DAN CARRIER

LOUIS Theroux’s style of passive aggressive journalism wins him plaudits. The simple fact is he takes easy targets and then uses his laid-back British demeanour (they are invariably American) to highlight no-brainer arguments.

In his latest film, My Scientology Movie, he turns his attention to the Church of Scientology and, with little access to the actual group, manages to rile them big time. In this film they show some fairly unsurprisingly and totally unpleasant colours as they start harassing him when they discover he wants to make a documentary on life as a Scientologist and explore the various scandals surrounding their leader’s behaviour.

Alex Gibney did a more serious film about this very topic earlier this year in Going Clear. Theroux (right) does a similar job of showing up how ridiculous the whole Scientology world is, using very English humour. He may approach the topic from another angle to Gibney, but the result is no less valid. 

Theroux is now something of a national treasure. His easygoing style is incredibly watchable and endearing. But I can’t help but wish that Louis now heads off and chooses some juicier beasts to bring to heel – taking down Scientology feels a little like shooting fish in a barrel. 

HEADING up to the heights of Muswell Hill, news reaches me that cinema chain The Everyman group are currently restoring the Grade II*-listed theatre in Fortis Green Road. The 80-year-old cinema is one of 78 designed by celebrated architect George Coles, and the restoration – due to be completed in November – will include making good Art Deco features in its sweeping main auditorium. 

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