‘THE DOCO THAT STAYED WITH ME’
Master documentary maker Louis Theroux rarely keeps in touch with his subjects – only because of the sheer numbers of them amassed in almost two decades making shows.
“I used to think that was something I needed to do. And then as time has gone I have realised that is not part of the job necessarily. I don’t try to make it happen, but sometimes one just stays with you.
That was certainly the case for Theroux in the wake of his latest documentary on transgender kids.
“I was really struck by how people responded to it, and in that respect I’ve kept in touch with one or two of the contributors - the mother, Casey, of the five-year-old kid formerly known as Sebastian,” he says. “Casey came and visited me in London. This show is one of the ones that has stayed with me more.”
The documentary caused waves when aired – as much for the youth of the subjects being treated as for their ability to articulate their emotions.
“The ground is shifting,” Theorux says . “Ten years ago the trans community was viewed as a bit comic, a bit of a punchline. And I think we’re slightly in recovery from that view now.”
LOUIS THEROUX: TRANSGENDER KIDS, BBC KNOWLEDGE, WEDNESDAY, 8.30PM