He has a nice face and a soothing voice, he’s a British journalist, broadcaster, and documentary film maker – I’m talking about the brilliant Louis Theroux!
In addition to drama, documentaries are one of my favorite movie genres to watch. I especially find them interesting and appealing because they portray a true picture of how things really are, nothing is left in the dark. Louis is most known for his documentary series «When Louis met..», «Louis Theroux’s weirdest weekends» and his two BBC specials «Louis and the Brothel» and «Under the Knife», in which he received two British Academy Television Awards and a Royal Television Society Ward for.
Louis Theroux comes of as intelligent, sympathetic and wise. He approach his interviewees in a humane and respectful manner, which leads him to retrieve lots of inside information, ultimately setting the foundation for the high quality of his work. If you’re interested in documentaries, I suggest checking out Louis’s work. Here is a list of some of his most interesting documentaries;
Behind Bars; Louis goes inside California’s San Quentin – one of America’s most notorious prisons, to meet with serial murders, gang members, at-risk inmates, and the prison guards.
Born Again Christians; in Dallas, Louis meets evangelists Marcus and Joni Lamb, and join a group of hardline Christians called «the Family» as they visit the Deep Ellum entertainment district.
The City addicted to Crystal Meth; Louis examine how drug addiction has torn apart the city of Fresno, California.
Thai Brides; Louis visits a Bangkok marriage agency, where Western men meet Thai brides.
When Louis meet Jimmy; Louis visits his former childhood hero – 73 year old Jimmy Savile, the miner who became a TV and radio star. He talks about the pedophilia allegations against Savile, before the Jimmy Savile Sexual Abuse Scandal broke after his death.
Louis and the Brothel; Ex-prostitute Susan Austin and her ex-client and now husband, Lance Gilman, now runs America’s newest and legal brothel, the Wild Horse Range in Reno, Nevada. In a three week period, Louis gets to know this remarkable couple and meet their customers. He also hears the stories of the working women.
Louis and the Nazi’s; Louis travels to California to get to know some of the key personalities of the American Neo-Nazi movement.
The Most Hated Family in America; Louis gets to know the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, whose members are nearly all from one family and are infamous for extreme homophobia and picketing the funerals of fallen soldiers. «God hate Fags» is a repetitive phrase in this documentary.
Under the Knife; in California, where you can be whatever and do whatever you want with the flick of a knife and several thousands of dollars, Louis temps to get under the skin of extreme plastic surgery.
A Place for Pedophiles; Louis visits the Coalinga Mental Hospital in California, which houses more than 500 convicted pedophiles. Spending time with those undergoing treatment, Louis wrestles whether he can ever allow himself to believe men whose whole history is defined by deception and deceit.
Transgender Kids; Louis travels to a hospital in San Fransisco to meet transgender children and their families, as they undergo life changing treatment.
By Reason of Insanity (Part 1 & 2); Louis immerses himself in the world of Ohio State’s Psychiatric Hospitals, meeting patients who have committed crimes – at times horrifically violent – while in the grip of severe mental illness.
Most of his documentaries can be found and watched for free on Documentaryheaven.
Do you like documentaries? Is there any documentaries you would recommend?