He’s investigated Scientology, prisons, Nazis, crystal meth addicts and paedophiles, now everyone’s favourite British documentary maker will turn his inquisitive eye to polyamorous relationships.
Theroux’s new film, Love Without Limits, will explore the world of polyamory and ethical non-monogamy in Portland, Oregon.
For those unaware, polyamory is the practice of having intimate relationships with more than one partner. Households can consist of multiple wives, girlfriends, husbands and boyfriends, all co-existing and spooning and sharing love (and sex).
In standard Theroux fashion, he will ensconce himself in the world of polyamorous people and interrogate the effects – positive and negative – the practice has on their lives.
Expect plenty of his trademark stoicism and brilliant feigned naivety that lulls subjects into a false sense of security. By the looks of the steamy trailer, which includes footage of a “sensual eating workshop”, Theroux will be more than observing the polyamorous community.
Sharmill Films, the Australian distributor, described the documentary on its website:
“In Love Without Limits, Louis travels to Portland, Oregon, the heart of a movement seeking to re-write the rule book on how we conduct intimate relationships and experience family life. Portland, whose city motto is Keep Portland Weird, is seen as the US capital of polyamory and ethical non-monogamy, the practice of openly and transparently having multiple relationships that go further than just sex.
“Louis embeds himself with families who have made the bold decision to open up their relationships in a number of different ways; whether inviting others into existing relationships or allowing partners to seek romance elsewhere. He discovers that for many, more partners means more love and more happiness. But for others, multiple relationships have led to jealousy, upset and broken hearts.”
If someone told me Louis Theroux was making a movie about polyamory, that description is about exactly what I would expect to hear.
For those that attend the cinematic release, the screenings will include an exclusive interview with Theroux to celebrate and reminisce about Weird Weekends on its 20th anniversary.
The popular BBC series ran between 1998-2000 and followed weird and wacky happenings around the US like alien encounters, ghost hunters, and plastic surgery. Just the usual.
Love Without Limits premieres on November 30 in cinemas across Australia including Hoyts, Palace, Village and Dendy. You can see the full list of participating cinemas here.