The Grierson Trust has named British-American filmmaker Louis Theroux as the recipient of the prestigious BBC Grierson Trustees’ Award.
The multi award-winning documentarian began his career as a correspondent on Michael Moore‘s TV Nation before being signed to a development deal by UK pubcaster the BBC to develop Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends, in which he explored unusual American subcultures.
Theroux has previously made a series of specials about British public figures, including disgraced Tory minister Neil Hamilton and his wife Christine in The Hamiltons (2001), and Jimmy Savile in When Louis Met…Jimmy (2000), while also exploring America’s most violent jails in Behind Bars (2008).
In 2014, Theroux’s LA Stories took him to Ohio’s State Psychiatric Hospitals for a two-part documentary and to San Francisco to meet transgender children.
Earlier this year, the BBC broadcast his A Different Brain and Drinking to Oblivion, which has earned him a nomination in this year’s Best Documentary Presenter category. His latest project Louis Theroux: Savile, in which he reveals the predatory nature of the disgraced late DJ and TV personality, will broadcast across BBC2 this weekend, while his first theatrical film My Scientology Movie opens in theaters across the UK next week.
“Louis is a filmmaker who has effectively created his own genre,” said Grierson Trust chair Lorraine Heggessey in a statement. “His curiosity and willingness to immerse himself in all kinds of communities allied with his idiosyncratic interviewing technique enables him to really get under the skin of his subjects.”
The BBC Grierson Trustees’ Award recognizes contributions to the art and craft of documentary filmmaking and has been given to Kim Longinotto, John Battsek, Kevin Macdonald, John Pilger, Penny Woolcock, Nick Fraser and Sir David Attenborough, among others.
The 44th annual British Documentary Awards will be presented at an awards ceremony in London ceremony on Nov. 7.Check out this year’s nominees here.