These themes, while they were come by in a spirit of pragmatism, ended up giving us a coherence and cumulative logic that ended up being one of the greatest and most pleasurable discoveries of the whole process. But – as I comment at the end of the programme dedicated to the dark side of pleasure – the aim of life shouldn’t be to avoid mistakes, to be sober, righteous and godly in everything, to be pious and upstanding and utterly bland. This is wrong, dangerous – and gets us nowhere in a broken world, Theroux is, as ever, compelling in this exploration of sexual assault on US college campuses. But it was a trip to Dundee 20 years ago that turned out to be just as strange for the BBC documentary-maker when the magic powers of … 4 stars out of 5. Louis Theroux in 1999. But uncovering a family secret has helped him find peaceRead an exclusive extract, With the sex economy booming, Theroux sensitively shadowed three women at its coalface – from a hard-up student to a woman married for 44 years, Ben Berman set out to tell the story of a magician confronting death, but his subject’s disappearing acts and competing documentary crews gave his film a mysterious magic of its own, Behind the scenes with the bewildered Louis Theroux, Nordic noir with a light touch and shocking secrets on a small island, Film-maker says he defended singer’s accusers, driven by his ‘boost’ to Jimmy Savile’s image before sex abuse confirmed, This follow-up film about the supremely intolerant Westboro Baptist church finds plenty to be outraged by, but it also veers into exploitation, This fascinating documentary explores a rare and woefully little known phenomenon of new motherhood – and leads Theroux to interrogate himself, The film-maker is ‘confused’ over how he found the sex abuser likeable and says the experience darkened his view of the world, As he tackles one of his most harrowing subjects yet, the documentary-maker talks about parenting, psychosis – and his secret beard, Heavyweights such as Louis Theroux and Gayle King still allow accused men to share their narratives with vast audiences. What was more surprising was the way in which some of my older programmes contextualised and maybe explained the Trump phenomenon. Eventbrite - The Guardian Live presents In conversation with Louis Theroux - Monday, 13 July 2020 - Find event and ticket information. You have to wrap your arms around the whole of life, and – at the risk of sounding like my Las Vegas self-help guru friend – view your missteps as an important part of your journey.And it may be my mistakes – or at least the challenges I endured in order to change – that, looking back, I’m most attached to, because they suggested the possibility of doing things differently. Directed by Arthur Cary. I’m 50 now. For some reason the BBC had insisted on putting my name in the title. 1 review. The way my hair is piled on top of my head. The weirdness of the voices and mannerisms and the outlandishness of Short’s claims couldn’t help coming across as funny. In The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde defines fiction as requiring that the good end happily and the bad unhappily. But I am a TV maker. His career trajectory is compelling. We went down a YouTube rabbit hole, Alan Partridge made a triumphant return and a singular look at cold war espionage came with an irresistible earworm. Making my programmes has been among other things, a reminder – were it needed – of how unfair life is, how hard many people have it and how much they have to overcome. When in 1994 Theroux was given a one-off slot on Michael Moore’s TV Nation, his awkward, self-deprecating humour led to the BBC offering him his own programme, ultimately launching his television career. A repeat broadcast will be shown on September 10 at the same time. audiofilemagazine.com — Journalist and documentarian Louis Theroux's narration of his memoir exudes a stoic charisma that pulls in listeners. It was something we had thought about doing for a while – 2019 marked 25 years since I had started my career in television – but we never got round to it. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux will be talking about his fascinating life and career with journalist Miranda Sawyer. Maybe that’s progress. Take the best bits from old programmes and link them together somehow using voiceover or maybe an interview with a director. My hair is grey, my eyes don’t work as well as they used to, my knees are going. So we got married, to make it easier for her. Netflix’s tale of big cats and murder plots has the world gripped. Of the various updates, one of the most moving for me, personally, was one I did about the aforementioned UFO believer with weird hair: the Rev Robert Short. A list of Grounded with Louis Theroux episodes and clips related to "The Guardian journalists". Hän on tehnyt sarjan Louis Theroux'n vinksahtaneet viikonloput ja BBC:lle useita dokumentteja, jotka käsittelevät usein Yhdysvaltoja Megan Phelps-Roper – who left the hate-spewing Westboro Baptist Church, founded by her grandfather Fred Phelps – has become a friend. Making Life on the Edge meant I had a reason to share the surprising developments in stories I had been tracking for years and also to reach out to other contributors I had long been curious to catch up with. There's his father, novelist and travel writer Paul Theroux, and his … The rewards it brings, the emotional enrichment, how much we suffer in the course of preserving it and nurturing it, and the risk it entails: the possibility that in giving your heart away, it will be hurt. Doc is one of several Theroux has on the way. It turns out, surprise surprise, the world isn’t like that. Bespectacled, gawky, socially awkward and only 23 years old, I had been a surprising choice as a correspondent on Michael Moore’s TV Nation, a US network show where I stumbled around the wilds of America meeting extremists of various stripes: klansmen, cult members, sexual adventurers. Louis Theroux’s first series for television, in 1998, was a series of documentaries called Weird Weekends. It was a moment of comedy in the finished film. I thought I looked quite roguish’, 'I was definitely a bit of a tool': Louis Theroux on 25 years of documentary-making, On my radar: Tim Burgess's cultural highlights, I watched nothing but Louis Theroux films for a whole, weird weekend – and here's what I learned. Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge starts 9pm, 6 September on BBC Two, Louis Theroux: ‘The ravages of the ageing process have left their mark.’. I had a team ready to work but no projects. To an almost morbid extent, I circle around stories after completing them – I find it hard to let go and move on. They’re not what scares him. The documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux is currently in the nation to sustain himself, his newest work, and, it would seem, the persistent idea we Australians have that … He is best known for his documentaries that investigate fascinating worlds and lifestyles. What documentaries were possible that didn’t involve me leaving the house? But I could see that was mostly from my awkwardness at being hired for a job I didn’t fully understand, and my worries about letting people down. As he revisits his career in a new four-part series, TV’s top documentarian looks back at his evolution from accosting cult members to making films on eating disorders and dementia, Last modified on Wed 26 Aug 2020 09.45 EDT. Theroux's first marriage was to Susanna Kleeman from 1998 to 2001; he later told Sathnam Sanghera of the Financial Times, "What happened was that my girlfriend was living with me in New York. When I look at my own motivations and my own journey, I am forced to face the negative alongside the positive: a tendency, when younger, to maybe be glib, to disarm with the aim of making light of people’s deeply held beliefs, to act the clown, to make fun. That was part of how I saw my role, to be the straight man in a weird world, and there were times, looking back, when I see I may have gone too far. But he was’, Louis Theroux on his favourite outfit: ‘This was a wool-cotton blend. So explains Louis Theroux as a prelude to his latest documentary, Selling Sex (BBC Two). I made a podcast, Grounded With Louis Theroux. The Guardian - Back to home. Having watched all these unlikely characters for 55 minutes, somehow when Donald Trump pops up at the end of the programme it is with an almost eerie feeling of inevitability.I also wanted to update stories by looking at what happened next – to the worlds they showed and the people involved in them. Bespectacled, gawky, socially awkward and only 23 years old, I had been a surprising choice as a correspondent on Michael Moore’s TV Nation, a US network show where I stumbled around the wilds of America meeting extremists of various stripes: klansmen, cult members, sexual adventurers. From time to time I saw the younger me as overly pushy and badgering, or in danger of being borderline rude. It is mainly when I see myself on screen that I see the change. They involve people who are in different way vulnerable, struggling and doing the best that can as they battle the vicissitudes of fate. My Scientology Movie is a 2015 British documentary film about Scientology directed by John Dower, and written by and starring Louis Theroux.The film takes an unconventional approach to the subject matter, featuring young actors "auditioning" for parts playing high-profile Scientologists in scenes recreating accounts from ex-members about incidents involving senior church management. Louis Theroux speaks to writer and documentary-maker Jon Ronson, who is grounded in New York. The first episode of the series, about belief, features an Idaho-based second-amendment diehard with a penchant for apocalyptic conspiracy theories; an elderly man with weird hair who’s in touch with UFOs; a neo-Nazi family; and a Vegas-based self-advertised multimillionaire and get-rich-quick guru. 6 Times Louis Theroux Put Himself In Danger To Get A Story. In a world re-made by a virus, one of the many things that has changed is the appetite for archive-based television. Louis Theroux filmed its star in 2011 and saw the madness for himself. The success of that episode, and the pleasure of making it, led to other documentaries about families and relationships under stress from forces outside their control. It’s a film that is, more than any of the others, about love. Louis Theroux has responded to Tiger King star Joe Exotic’s allegations that his rival Carole Baskin fed her husband to the tigers.. Photograph: Brian Ritchie/BBC Two. It’s almost as though he’s beaming to me from beyond the grave, and so, in a short space in the film we go from finding him amusing and maybe even ridiculous, to seeing him in a way that is wistful and rather moving. Short was a “space channel”, meaning he could summon the personality of an entity, called Korton from the planet Koldas, and he would prognosticate in booming tones from an outbuilding at his unassuming house on the outskirts of Cornville, Arizona. OK. And like that, we went to work on an ambitious career retrospective with the title – dreamed up by me, and only partly because I secretly hoped it evoked subliminal thoughts of David Attenborough – Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge. The week in TV: The Romantics and Us With Simon Schama; Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge and more – review, Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge review – 25 years of oddball odysseys, TV tonight: Louis Theroux looks back on 25 years of strange encounters, Adam Buxton: ‘I used to think, "Why isn't Dad more proud of me?" When in 1994 Theroux was given a one-off slot on Michael Moore’s TV Nation, his awkward, self-deprecating humour led to the BBC offering him his own programme, ultimately launching his television career. Louis Theroux: The Night in Question review – an incendiary look at campus rape. Boiling down more than 50 hours of TV – not to mention the hundreds, maybe even thousands of hours of raw footage – turned out to be about as hard as you might expect. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux will be talking about his fascinating life and career with journalist Miranda Sawyer. But this was a troubling and problematic film, Available for everyone, funded by readers. She has published a book about her experiences and does talks on how to build bridges and communicate with people on the extremes (or simply people who disagree with you) in a way that they will hear. Programmes we never made.” This idea quickly evaporated in the heat of having to make a documentary that featured material viewers might actually want to see and that made some kind of sense. toukokuuta 1970, Singapore) on brittiläinen televisiotoimittaja, jota on sanottu gonzo-journalistien ykköseksi. List of books recommended by Louis Theroux. America's Most Dangerous Pets (2011) ... Seen on Sky News; featured in The Guardian, NY Times, The Independent and more. It was really a marriage of convenience." Support The Guardian Available for everyone, funded by readers ... Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge and more – review. I suppose this ability to see a contributor in a new, more three-dimensional way brings up the question of changes in me. Louis Theroux: my adventure in the court of the Tiger King. The faint mid-Atlantic twang in my accent. It is a strange feeling looking back at a much earlier version of yourself on television, a queasy mixture of recognition and distance, approval and shame, and above all an inescapable question: who is this plonker? I first saw him channel back in 1997, for a programme about aliens. Sometimes I caught myself enjoying the raw, unvarnished reality and marvelling at how much we had managed to capture on tape. I also spoke with JJ, the porn performer from Weird Weekends. As well as being perhaps the UK's most beloved documentarian, Louis Theroux is also a very well-connected man. I feel like the same person. 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