Louis Theroux: Twilight of the Porn Stars

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Published on 17th March 2016 by

In 1997 a young Louis Theroux made a documentary on the then-booming Californian porn industry as part of his ‘Weird Weekends’ TV series (see: Porn). He returned 15 years later as a follow up to find an flailing industry which has been decimated by a new boom in internet porn sites which provide content for free.

Theroux meets producers who are struggling to keep their businesses afloat amidst falling DVD sales, including the controversial pornographer Rob Black who appeared in the first episode, a stark contrast to the lucrative days of big money and excess before the tube sites. Despite the declining in the economic health of the industry they still find a steady stream of young people willing to perform extreme acts on camera. Watch more Louis Theroux documentaries here. 

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