Believe it or not, before watching this documentary I didn’t know very much about Scientology. I had not read Lawrence Wright’s source text, and knew only the big facts. When Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master was released, which focuses on a religious movement known as ‘The Cause’ and features an individual surely inspired by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, I realised that this ‘religion’ wasn’t as new as I originally thought. When Tom Cruise became a celebrity ambassador during his off-the-rails period in the early 2000’s Scientology was very much in the media spotlight. Little did I know of the period of time this troubling Church had been at the forefront of speculation and investigation.