In When Dawn Met Louis… Dawn O’Porter asks Theroux to reflect back on a career that has spanned two decades at the forefront of documentary-making. He will consider the genre of authored documentaries from Michael Moore, Nick Broomfield and Ruby Wax alongside documentaries fronted by popular figures such as Stacey Dooley and Reggie Yates, through to the new wave of self-publishers on platforms such as YouTube. As part of the session, Theroux will reveal a selection of his current favourite clips.

As long-term friend and interviewer, O’Porter has a unique ability to push the right buttons to hear how Theroux approaches access, how he chooses his subjects and who he thinks is the ‘new Louis Theroux’.

Delegates will also gain an insight into what motivates Theroux and the diverse people he has met along the way, from his Weird Weekends series, following black nationalists, white supremacists and porn stars, to When Louis met and his experience and subsequent revelations regarding Jimmy Savile. The session will also look at his more recent BAFTA-winning Altered States documentaries and his BBC Two doc which revisits the Westboro Baptist Church in Surviving America’s Most Hated Family.

Executive Producer: Ian Lamarra, Creative Director, Alaska TV
Producer: Toby Smith, development producer