Friday 20 April 2018

Sky to air controversial Scientology documentary 'Going Clear' featuring director Paul Haggis

The Church of Scientology's Flag Building in Clearwater, Florida.
The Church of Scientology's Flag Building in Clearwater, Florida.

Sky Atlantic has announced a broadcast date for the controversial Scientology documentary 'Going Clear'.

Directed by Alex Gibney, the two hour feature traces the origins of the Church of Scientology and profiles former members, including Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis.

The BBC reports that the Church has labelled the feature "one-sided, bigoted propaganda" and it has previously threatened to use the UK's libel laws to challenge "any false of defamatory content" if it is broadcast in the UK.

Although the film was originally scheduled for broadcast in the UK in April, this was delayed, but Sky will now broadcast the film in its entirety on September 21.

Earlier this year the documentary, a joint production between Sky and HBO, became the most watched doc on HBO in four years, bagging 1.7m viewers, and it went on to receive seven Emmy nominations.

"Both Sky, and the producers of the film, have sought legal advice at every stage of the process and are confident the film complies with legal requirements in the territories in which we are screening the film," a spokesman for Sky told The Guardian.

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