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Countdown to Friday: ‘Scientology’s Dirty Tricks’ on the menu in Sydney


Hey, Sydney, we hear 2,300 of you crammed into the premiere of Going Clear back in June — that’s more than the number of people who admitted to being Scientologists in your country’s last census!

So this Friday, you’ll get a chance to meet one of the people in that film — the proprietor of this website, in fact — which recently won three Emmy Awards and is now angling for an Oscar nomination.

And not only that, but we’ll be accompanied on stage by two of Australia’s amazing television journalists who keep an eye on Scientology, ABC’s Steve Cannane and Channel 7’s Bryan Seymour.

We only wish the US of A had TV journalists with the sand of these two, who aren’t afraid to expose Scientology and its nefarious goings on. Both of them have an excellent understanding of the subject, and take on Scientology with a relish that simply doesn’t exist in this country.


The three of us are appearing at the Giant Dwarf Theatre at 199 Cleveland Street, Redfern, on Friday at 8pm in our appearance, titled “Scientology’s Dirty Tricks: Then and Now.” Grab your tickets before they’re gone. (Our Melbourne event is already sold out.)

Speaking of Melbourne, our event there happens on Sunday afternoon at 3 pm at the Wheeler Center. And even though the tickets (which are free!) have been “sold out,” we encourage you to show up if you still want to come. When tickets are free, inevitably some folks don’t come who had reserved seats.

We’ll have more news about our Adelaide and Perth dates in a few days.


Bonus photos from our tipsters

Saint Hill is all dolled up!


John Alex Wood shows his friend Andrew Moody around Saint Hill…


Let’s hear it for Mauro Calcioli, who would be Neil Gaiman’s brother-in-law, is that right?




We didn’t get a chance to include photos in our book, so we’ve posted them at a dedicated page. Reader Sookie put together a complete index and we’re hosting it here on the website. Copies of the paperback version of ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ are on sale at Amazon. The Kindle edition is also available, and shipping instantly.

Tony Ortega’s upcoming appearances (and check out the interactive map to our ongoing tour)…

Oct 23: Sydney, Giant Dwarf Theatre (with Steve Cannane and Bryan Seymour)

Oct 25: Melbourne, The Wheeler Centre, 3 pm, free but reservations recommended (with Steve Cannane and Bryan Seymour)

Oct 28: Adelaide, Wheatsheaf Hotel, (with Sen. Nick Xenophon and Bryan Seymour)

Oct 30: Perth, Collins Street Centre, Collins St and Shaftesbury St, South Perth, 7 pm (with Bryan Seymour)

Past dates: Santa Barbara (5/16), Hollywood (5/17), Orange County (5/17), San Diego (5/20), San Francisco (5/22), New York (6/11), Chicago (6/20), Toronto (6/22), Clearwater (6/28), Washington DC (7/12), Hartford (7/14), Denver (7/17), Dallas (7/20), Houston (7/22), San Antonio (7/24), Austin (7/25), Paris (7/29), London (8/4), Boston (8/24), Phoenix (9/15), Cleveland (9/23), Minneapolis (9/24), Portland (9/27), Seattle (9/28), Vancouver BC (9/29)


Posted by Tony Ortega on October 18, 2015 at 07:00

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