Louis Theroux: Twilight of the Porn Stars

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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, 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.

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