Paul Thomas Anderson is a film-maker from whom special things are expected, and that's what he has given us – something special. This is Anderson's meditation on the origins of Scientology and the career of L Ron Hubbard, and perhaps every kind of cult and guru following, which he portrays not as sinister exactly, but as the poignant symptom of loneliness and uneducated intelligence.
-- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
At the Cardiff sciSCREEN event (Monday 10th December) sponsored by the Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University academics will relate the film to ideas about post traumatic stress disorder, the potrayal of mental illness in film and the curious appeal of 20th century religious movements.
The film begins at 5.45pm with the discussion beginning at 8.15pm. Please remember that the sciSCREEN discussion is now a ticketed event - tickets for the discussion are free and can be reserved by ringing the box office at Chapter on 02920 304400. Capacity for this sciSCREEN event is limited to 100.
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