British documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux has just announced his first ever speaking tour — and Brisbane will be one of his first stops.
The popular filmmaker is known for treading where other documentarians are afraid to, using his disarmingly friendly and ‘naive’ interview style to take viewers inside the lives of pornographers, white supremacists, religious cultists and more.
He has fronted his own TV series, Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends and When Louis Met, produced a series of acclaimed BBC 2 specials, written a book (The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures), and recently premiered My Scientology Movie, his first feature length documentary.
Hosted by Julia Zemiro, Louis Theroux Live promises to ’lift the lid’ on his explorations of sex, drugs, death and the universe.
Drawing on footage from Weird Weekends, his eclectic one-off investigations, and other encounters with celebs and powerbrokers, Theroux will take audiences behind the scenes of his documentary catalogue in this two-hour live event, as well as debut previously unseen footage.
Audiences will also have the chance to take part in a Q&A session with the BAFTA winner.
“I couldn’t be more excited about doing these live shows in Australia,” Theroux said.
“It will be my first time Down Under and my first time doing ambitious shows of this kind.
“For me, making my programmes is quite a private process. They are about forging a human connection with people whose lives are at the outermost edge of what we as people experience: the most forbidden impulses, the most frightening lifestyles, the most traumatic turns of events.
“To get inside the lives of those people — criminals, sex workers, people with mental illness, ultra-committed religious believers — is a kind of high-wire act. With these live shows, I’d like to invite my viewers deeper inside the process, share weird stories and surprising insight from all my years of doing it, and also meet and get to know the community of people who enjoy the programmes.”
Louis Theroux Live comes to the QPAC Concert Hall on Saturday 1 October. For tickets, visit louistherouxlive.com.