This is an interview with Lawrence Wright which took place at the Texas book Fair in 2014. In it, he discusses his book “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief”, which had been published the previous year.
“Going Clear” is based on more than 200 interviews with ex-Scientologists and years of archival research and one of a select few texts that has brought the history of the Church of Scientology up to date.
Recently, the news broke that HBO, the American premium satellite and cable TV network, is in the final stages of producing a film based on Wright’s book by award-winning documentary film-maker Alex Gibney which they plan to release in 2015.
To protect both author and publisher from the notoriously litigious Church, it was subject to incredibly thorough fact-checking and legal scrutiny. Now (according to HBO) 160 lawyers have scrutinised, and stand ready to defend, the film.
According to “The Hollywood reporter“,
[HBO] commissioned the Scientology project nearly two years ago, right after the book’s January 2013 publication, when frequent collaborator Gibney brought it to the network. The film […] is expected to feature new revelations about the controversial religion […].
Lawrence Wright is an engaging speaker. If you have read the book, his interview will refresh your memory and provide new insights into the recent history of the Church of Scientology. If you have not, it will prepare you for a documentary film which will likely deeply affect the future of that organisation.