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
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
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