It hasn’t been long since Louis Theroux’s last documentary where he revisited the Westboro Baptist Church aired, but he’s already coming up with plans for his next one.
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Louis is examining a phenomenon a bit closer to home for his next investigation, looking at women that sell their sexual services for a living or to supplement their income in the UK. Speaking about the documentary, he said the following:
I’m always drawn to stories that involve ethical wrinkles – issues that are deeply felt, but are also divisive, and in which good-hearted people can come to opposite conclusions.
The debate around selling sex is exactly that kind of story.
It is one of the most straightforward, yet complex interactions that can take place between two people.
On the one hand, none of the activities taking place here are illegal; everything is above board and both parties have mutually agreed on the arrangement.
On the other, it’s impossible to deny that for many – maybe most – people, there is something unsavoury in the idea of accepting money for an act that is so intimate.
They have a problem with those who do it and see it as a symptom of a society that is controlled and dominated by men.
For exactly this reason – because it is so controversial – I thought it would be revealing to speak to the women involved in the business of selling sex.
What we ended up with was a very intimate look at three very individual women and the different paths that led them to this field of work.
I found it revealing and thought-provoking to make – I hope viewers have the same experience.
I mean when is a Louis Theroux documentary not thought provoking hey? Sounds like this one is only going to add to his legacy of being one of the best documentary makers out there.
Unfortunately, there’s no release date set for this one yet, but I imagine it should be coming out in the next couple of months as it sounds like he’s pretty much finished it. Such a prolific guy.
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