Louis Theroux’s Scientology movie banned from release in Ireland

Louis fans, you're out of luck.

Louis Theroux My Scientology Movie
My Scientology Movie Louis Theroux is lifting the lid on the controversial religion. Image Altitude Films

Bad news if you’re a fan of Louis Theroux and live in Ireland.

His latest documentary, My Scientology Movie, looks like it’s going be banned there due to the country’s blasphemy laws.

The film centres on Theroux’s attempt to make sense of the controversial religion.

“More than 10 years ago, I approached the Church to see if they might let me in to make a documentary,” Theroux said in a statement announcing the film.

“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.”

Unfortunately, Graham Spurling, owner of Irish independent cinema chain Spurling Group, has revealed that My Scientology Movie has fallen foul of Ireland’s strict laws on blasphemy.

“[I] regret that after much trying [that Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie] will not get an Irish release. Our blasphemy law to blame?” he wrote in a tweet to Joe.

This follows on from Alex Gibney’s Scientology documentary Going Clear, which failed to secure a release in Ireland in 2015 for a similar reason.

Altitude, who released the critically-acclaimed Amy Winehouse film Amy, will distribute the film throughout the rest of the UK on October 7.

Watch the My Scientology Movie trailer below:

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