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Filmmaker Louis hoping to spend a weird weekend with Travelling community

CONTROVERSIAL filmmaker Louis Theroux has set his sights on Ireland for his next project.

The star of Weird Weekends has indicated that he is particularly interested in taking an in-depth look at the Travelling community here.

However, he has remained tight-lipped about what the programme might focus on.

Louis, whose work has taken him to South Africa and America, said he has Ireland on his list of destinations for a potential documentary.


"I might be doing that quite soon," he confirmed. "But I'm not sure how much I can reveal about that."

The BAFTA winner, who has interviewed Max Clifford, Jimmy Saville and Neil and Christine Hamilton in the series Weird Weekends, spoke of his plans.

"I am very curious about the world of Travelling people," Louis told TV3's Karen Koster.

"I saw a couple of Irish documentaries that I thought were very interesting on that subject," he added.

Louis has previously tackled a number of controversial subjects on his BBC documentaries. He has spent time with inmates in a Californian prison, interviewed Nevada brothel workers and got to the heart of gambling culture in Las Vegas.

Weird Weekends followed marginal, mostly American, subcultures such as survivalists, black nationalists, white supremacists and porn stars.

In his latest documentary, America's Medicated Kids, the Theroux travels to one of America's leading children's psychiatric treatment centres.

There he meets children who have been put on psychoactive medication to help them cope with their challenging behaviour, and tries to understand what motivates parents to put their children on the drugs.

One of his most controversial projects was getting to know an extremely right-wing family at the heart of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. The pastor of the church condemned gays, Catholics, Muslims, Jews -- as well as Sweden, Ireland and Canada. Theroux has also indicated that another one of his upcoming documentaries will be shot in Israel, and will follow the Israeli settlers.