Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Panorama: Scientology & Me

To anyone who thinks that Scientology is a creepy cult, this BBC documentary certainly won’t do anything to disabuse you of that impression. While making the film, journalist John Sweeney is repeatedly shouted at, spied on, and has his hotel invaded at midnight by his appointed “minder” from the church (who looks somewhat like Tom Cruise). He’s also denounced as a “bigot” by star Scientologists and even chased round the streets of Los Angeles by sinister strangers. Back in Britain, strangers called on his neighbours, his mother-in-law’s house and someone even spied on his wedding. Little wonder that at one point Sweeney absolutely loses it in an embarrassing shouting match with his “minder”… Highly entertaining.