'My Scientology Movie' Documentary Maker at London Film Festival - 2015-10-13
He's a well-known face in the U.K. after hosting quirky BBC documentaries for almost two decades, but Louis Theroux's U.S. profile could be on the rise following his first feature doc, about the Church of Scientology.
Speaking at an event at the BFI London Film Festival, where the BBC Films- and BBC Worldwide-backed My Scientology Movie, directed by John Dower and produced by Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire), is having its world premiere on Wednesday, Theroux described the trouble with making a documentary about an organization that had no intention of letting him anywhere near its members.
"I remember thinking, 'They're not going to want us to cover them. Are we just going to be running up and kicking them in the goolies [private parts] – figuratively – and then seeing how they react?' " he joked. "I really had to spend a long time thinking about why it was an important story to tell, why is it OK."