GenreDocumentary Running time1h 53m ScreenplayBruce Burgess CountryUnited States
Release dateMay 9, 2008 (2008-05-09) Initial releaseMay 9, 2008 (New York City) CastBruce Burgess, Margaret Starbird, Lionel Fanthorpe, John Shelby Spong, Gabriel Barkay Similar moviesPolice State 2000, Police State II: The Take Over, Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports Exposed, Children of Men, Shutter Island, Police State IV: The Rise of FEMA
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Bloodline is a 2008 documentary film by Bruce Burgess, a filmmaker with an interest in paranormal claims, focused on the "Jesus bloodline" hypothesis and other elements of the book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail.
The 2008 documentary was originally released in cinemas on 9 May. "Ben Hammott" relating to his alleged discoveries made in the vicinity of Rennes-le-Château since 1999; Burgess claims Ben Hammott would have found the treasure of Bérenger Saunière: a mummified corpse, which he believed were Mary Magdalene. In the film, Burgess interviews several people with alleged connections to the Priory of Sion, including a Gino Sandri and Nicolas Haywood. A book by one of the documentary's researchers, Rob Howells, entitled Inside the Priory of Sion: Revelations from the World's Most Secret Society - Guardians of the Bloodline of Jesus presented the version of the Priory of Sion as given in the 2008 documentary, which contained several erroneous assertions, such as the claim that Plantard believed in the Jesus bloodline hypothesis. By 21 March 2012 Ben Hammott confessed and apologised on Podcast interview (using his real name Bill Wilkinson) that everything to do with the tomb and related artifacts was a hoax; revealing that the actual tomb was now destroyed, being part of a full sized set located in a warehouse in England.
Bruce Burgess returned to the subject matter with The Bloodline of Christ that was shown in September 2013 on the Yesterday channel.