10 Louis Theroux Documentaries You Need To Watch Before You Die

Awkward. Bespectacled. Iconic.


There's no doubt that British journalist and filmmaker Louis Theroux is a national institution - bringing light to all manner of eccentric, and often dark, subjects with his trademark blend of awkward dry humour and genuine compassion.

Starting from his first TV appearance as a correspondent for Michael Moore's TV Nation series, Theroux's entire career has been characterised by his willingness to embed himself deep within all kinds of bizarre situations.

Whether it is spending time in a bunker with alien conspiracy theorists or making a brief appearance in a pornographic film, there is seemingly no subject too eccentric and no situation too embarrassing for him to embrace.

However, despite the brilliance of his lighter-hearted documentaries, his finest and most iconic films are those that explore the darker sides of the human psyche and experience.

From fervent racists to prolific sex offenders, Theroux's ability to bring out the humanity in such reviled characters and use them as a lens to allow audiences to examine their own attitudes is unparalleled.

Similarly, his documentaries looking at heart-wrenching subjects like addiction, mental illness and long-term disability are both fascinating to watch and deliver important messages about the pressing issues facing modern society.

Given his illustrious careers has spanned over two decades, there are plenty of remarkable documentaries to watch, but which are truly essential viewing?


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