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The documentary work of British-American journalist Louis Theroux.
An estimated one million people in the UK are living with the long-term effects of a brain injury. In A Different Brain, Louis takes a look at the issues that some of them have to deal with
Louis spends time with staff and service users at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust, one of the UK's largest providers of neuro-behavioural rehabilitation, in an effort to understand how individuals and their families come to terms with this life-changing condition.
Often called a 'hidden disability' because those affected can show little physical signs of change, individuals with Acquired Brain Injury face enormous cognitive, behavioural and personality challenges. Those affected are left to reconstruct who they are - from relearning the basics of walking, talking and eating, to redeveloping complex personality and behavioural traits, often in the shadow of who they once were. Family members are often caught between grieving for the loved one they've lost and learning to love the person they are now.
In light of the unmasking of Jimmy Savile as a predatory sex offender, and 15 years on from the BBC documentary When Louis Met Jimmy, Louis Theroux sets out to understand how a man who was at the centre of British entertainment and charitable fund-raising for decades was able to get away with a long litany of crimes.
In this reflective 75-minute film, Louis talks to some of Savile's victims, to people who worked closely with him, and re-examines moments from the original film as well as footage that's never aired before on television.
In 1999 and 2000, Louis spent about two weeks, spread out over a number of months, filming with the man then merely known as an eccentric and enigmatic television and radio personality with a passion for charity work and an obscure private life. In that original documentary Louis succeeded in showing a different side of Savile, asking him about the rumours of paedophilia, the question of his sexual interests, and stories about his run-ins with the police while running nightclubs in the 60s.
For several years after the show went out, Louis continued to be fascinated by Savile and they maintained a friendly relationship. But the darkest side of this deceptive man eluded him.
Now, to gain a deeper understanding of how Savile was able to use his celebrity status to commit his abuse for decades, Louis meets victims and several people that knew him but have not spoken out in a this way before. Louis attempts to build a clearer picture of how Savile was perceived, both then and now, by those with whom he came into contact, and learn how those that knew him either hold on to their memories or have the task of reappraising that part of their life.
With the power of hindsight, Louis examines his own conscience and raises some challenging questions, to consider how he himself, the press, institutions Savile worked with, and society as a whole can make sense of their failings and learn from the past.
Louis Theroux embeds himself in an American community devastated by heroin abuse.
Houston, the fourth largest city in the US, is widely considered to be the number one hub for human trafficking in North America. The US Department of Justice estimates that at least one in five of all the country's victims are trafficked through the city, and most of these people will be forced to work in the sex industry.
Louis spends time with American women working in the city's illegal sex industry and explores the often complex dynamic between prostitute and pimp. He discovers a subculture that plays by rules that are morally challenging to most people, and seeks to understand what stops these women breaking free.
Louis also embeds with law enforcement on undercover operations and meets Vice Division officers tasked with persuading the working women to speak out against their pimps.
Milwaukee is said to be one of the most racially divided and impoverished cities in the US. With spiralling gun crime and homicide rates, this Midwestern city encapsulates America's complex and troubled relationship with guns and the increasing disharmony between African American communities and the police.
Louis spends time with the Milwaukee Police Department as they patrol District 5 - home to some of the nation's deadliest streets and with a homicide rate more than 12 times the national average - and follows the Homicide division as they investigate one of the city's many killings.
He also embeds with a family who have recently lost a loved one to gun crime, and meets a local social activist, once a criminal and gang leader herself, who has turned her life around and is coming up with her own solution to the blight of gun crime. On the streets of Milwaukee, Louis discovers a community often misunderstood by, and mistrustful of, the police.
Arriving at a time of heightened tension between the police and the African American community due to a recent police shooting, Louis hears from both sides of the debate and uncovers hope in a desperate city.
Anorexia, the pathological fear of eating and gaining weight, is now the most deadly mental illness in the UK, affecting around one in every 250 women at some point in their lives.
In recent years, the number of people being admitted to hospital because of their condition has risen dramatically. With many struggling to make a full recovery, being diagnosed with the eating disorder can sometimes mean a life-long battle.
This film sees Louis Theroux embed himself in two of London's biggest adult eating-disorder treatment facilities: St Ann's Hospital and Vincent Square Clinic. He meets women of all ages and at various stages of their illness, accompanying them through an enforced daily routine of scheduled eating, weigh-ins and group therapy sessions.
As he spends more time with patients both on and off the wards, he witnesses the dangerous power that anorexia holds over them, leaving some unsure about whether recovery is achievable or even wanted. And as Louis seeks to understand what lies behind this mysterious illness, he finds himself drawn into a complex relationship between the disorder and the person it inhabits.
Louis Theroux is in America to interview members of the Church of Scientology - but they do not want to speak with him. So he meets disaffected former members of the controversial organisation and uncomfortably recreates some extreme experiences. All the while, Louis is being oddly shadowed by people who might be the very folk he wouldn't mind having a word with...
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