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Louis Theroux’s 6 Best Documentaries

You can’t help but love the lanky presenter who uses his awkwardness to his advantage, convincing his subjects to fill moments of silence with outrageous comments. Despite the madness that surrounds him, Theroux remains forever unfazed as he dips his toes into many crazy lifestyles, flipping over cards no one else dares to.

As our love for Louis Theroux grows daily, we have revisited some of our favourite Theroux docos and graciously share them with you to spread the Louis love.

The Most Hated Family in America (2007)

Similarly to LOUIS THEROUX: MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE, in this BBC special Theroux explores the religious group known as the Westboro Baptist Church. Theroux spends time with the family at the core of the religious group, who are well known for picketing the funerals of members of the US military, and their strong negative views of homosexuality.

 

The Most Hated Family in Crisis (2011)

Following the success of The Most Hated Family in America, Theroux returns to the Westboro Baptist Church after four years only to find that several their members have left the church. Adding to the drama, members of the church and the church itself were being sued for the distress they caused while picketing funerals.

Louis and the Nazis (2003)

Theroux travels to California to meet the man known as the “most dangerous racist in America”; Tom Metzger. Theroux follows Metzger to skinhead rallies, to understand his influence over the Nazi communities in America. Theroux also encounters pre-teen Nazi-pop folk duo Prussian Blue, spending time with the girls and their mother who hides their political views from acquaintances.

Louis Behind Bars (2008)

For two weeks Theroux explores the life of prisoners in one of America’s most notorious prisons; San Quentin. During his time, Theroux speaks with serial murderers, gang members, at-risk inmates, and guards. The prison’s racial segregation is explored, and the harsh consequences that follow inter-racial interactions.

Extreme Love: Dementia (2012)

Theroux travels to Phoenix, Arizona, the capital of dementia care, to spend time in a residential institution focused on caring on persons with dementia. Theroux speaks with persons suffering from dementia, their family, and the doctors caring for them; offering an insight into how relationships are kept alive with and between ones suffering from the mental illness.

Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends: Body Building (2009)

In the Weird Weekend series, Theroux documents some of the US’s more bizarre communities of people by getting himself involved in their out of the ordinary lifestyles. In this particular episode, Theroux explores the extreme body-building community and their fans, leading to a visit to a playboy mansion exclusive to female body builders.

Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie (2016)

Although revisiting Theroux in his youth is enjoyable, there is nothing better than some new Theroux. Luckily for you his new feature length documentary is out in Australian and New Zealander cinemas for one week only starting September 8th.

In this documentary, Theroux refuses to back down against the Church of Scientology as their defensive actions motivate him to continue his exploration of the church and ill-treatment of followers. Theroux enlists the help of former second-in-command at the church Mark ‘Marty’ Rathbun to help reply various incidents people claim to have experienced.

You can check out the trailer below, and buy tickets here.

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