Going Clear: The only Emmy winner available to watch for £1
James R | On 21, Sep 2015
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief premieres tonight on Sky Atlantic. The documentary is a rare insight into the closed world of Scientology and a controversial piece of film-making, but there’s something else equally unusual about it: it’s the only one of this year’s Emmy winners available to watch online for a quid.
The movie highlights the Church’s origins, from its roots in the mind of founder L. Ron Hubbard to its rise to popularity in Hollywood and beyond. It intimately profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, including recognisable faces such as Paul Haggis (Crash), shining a light on how the organisation attracts believers and the things its members do in the name of religion.
Despite denials of accuracy by the religious movement, Alex Gibney’s film was nominated for seven Emmy Awards this year and took home three prizes, including Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming, Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special.
“I am so pleased and proud that the Emmy Awards have recognised the creative quality and power of Going Clear,” said Celia Taylor, Sky’s Head of Non-Scripted Commissioning, and executive producer on Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.
“Winning these awards is a fantastic achievement for this film and also a recognition of Sky Atlantic’s commitment to supporting the world’s most creative talent to produce brilliant and compelling content. Alex and the team can now add these awards to the critical acclaim they’ve already gathered and I’m sure the wins will encourage UK audiences to watch it.”
Going Clear premieres on UK TV at 9pm on Sky Atlantic. For those who don’t have Sky, though, the documentary is also available to stream live – and on-demand – through NOW. The contract-free VOD service, which gives access to Sky 1, Sky Arts and Sky Living plus FOX, normally costs £6.99 a month. But a special offer by NOW currently allows new customers who sign up before 27th September to pay only £1 for their first month. That means people can watch the Emmy-winning documentary for a quid. For more information, hit the button below – or read our review here.