It turns out Australia really, really likes Louis Theroux, as unprecedented pre-sale demand for tickets has led to the UK documentary filmmaker announcing more Australian shows.

Already scheduled to appear at QPAC on Saturday 1 October, Theroux has now added a matinee show at the same venue earlier that day to his busy schedule, as well as extra shows in Melbourne and Sydney.

The shows will feature Louis giving an intimate and behind-the-scenes look at some of his most popular and infamous films and documentaries.

Louis will discuss the people and events behind his popular films, which screen on BBC Knowledge and the ABC in Oz. He’ll explain how he works, how he comes to terms with danger, how he might approach certain encounters differently with the benefit of hindsight, and reveal tantalising footnotes about where some of his subjects find themselves today.

“I couldn’t be more excited about doing these live shows in Australia,” Louis says.

“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 insights from all my years of doing it — and also meet and get to know the community of people who enjoy the programmes.”

ABC personality Julia Zemiro will host the event and chair a question and answer session in the second half of the show that will allow audience members to ask Louis their own questions.

Louis Theroux will play a matinee (4pm) and an evening show (8pm) at QPAC Concert Hall on Saturday 1 October. Pre-sale tickets are on sale now at louistherouxlive.com; general tickets go on sale from Monday 21 March.

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