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" All religions are, in some basic sense, irrational. "
" Celebrity is quite a fraught word. It is not something I aspire to, but I can certainly see why it could be. "
" Reflecting the truth sounds easy, but sometimes it's not. "
" I've always slightly harboured a dream of making a film, a documentary feature. Somehow, I just got into a way of working a routine of making TV docs. "
" I both admired my father and his writing, and I saw how much he valued it. "
" Sometimes I feel a bit socially disconnected in terms of being a little bit gullible about how people interrelate emotionally. "
" When you don't have access to a subject, and all you have is ex-members and critics, there is this gravitational pull toward telling a certain version of events. Scientology would say this, and they have a point, that it's like doing a portrait of a marriage in which you're only hearing from the ex-wife and not the ex-husband. "
" I sometimes get accused of being 'faux-naive,' but for me, it's really just about getting down to the basics of something. "
" I am genuinely slightly vague and chaotic in my habits. For good or ill, you know. "
" I've always enjoyed painting, but I went to teach in schools in Zimbabwe instead. "
" You can say, 'I am a poet, rock-climbing shaman, and my name is Hiawatha Moonbeam,' and people in America will say, 'Hey, that's great. All power to you, man'. "
" People say I'm deceptively unassuming, but that's the way I go through life. I'm not flash. You can make it sound calculated, but it's pretty much just me. "
" Some things should remain private. "
" Not counting the brand of Sunni Islam practised by the so-called Islamic State, there is probably no religion in the world that comes in for more flak than Scientology. "
" It is important to note that most of the patients in Ohio's mental health facilities have never committed crimes. They are institutionalised because they have lost touch with reality and are having problems functioning unaided in the community. "
" I didn't think, 'I'd really like to work in TV; maybe I could carve out a niche where I talk to people who are somehow involved in marginal or difficult lifestyles... ' It was something I gravitated to very naturally as a subject area, almost instinctively, and somehow turned into a TV career without meaning to. "
" As much as the glasses, it's the Englishness and the gangliness. The apparent lack of muscularity... they indicate I'm not a macho man. "
" In my normal way of doing things, there's a little bit of 'going native' that takes place, where you're in a world long enough, you can't really help but start to see things in a nuanced, more humanistic way. Just because you're with people and you start to, in general, slightly like the people you're with. "
" Clearly I'm able to read emotions. But I do feel... What is it? Awkwardness. I'm not a slick dude. That's what it comes down to. The nakedness, the guilelessness... that's quite real. "
" I think what I'm good at is getting to know people and trying to build a relationship over a few weeks and trying to get to the truth. "
" It's in the DNA of all the shows that I have done that are about people that are dealing with very stressful situations that are giving them a lot of angst. "
" I never want to feel more than the viewers. I'm not trying to be an automaton. It's like when you see people laughing on camera, and you don't find it funny as a viewer - it's an offputting experience. "
" Do I care about clothes and stuff? Not much. It's a bit sick, isn't it, people spending all that money on clothes? I'm too stingy. I wouldn't pay £100 for a shirt. "
" L.A. is the opposite of Britain in a lot of respects, and that's what draws so many British people here. "
" I'm not trying to acquire a reputation as serious documentary maker for its own sake. "
" Sometimes you shoot for 40 or 50 hours for a one-hour show, and you have to make some very hard choices. "
" I don't think I'm afraid of anything. "
" As a father of two children, I am used to seeing kids in the midst of a five-alarm meltdown over the choice of DVD or the necessity of broccoli. "
" I'm not that comfortable doing polemic or being strident. "
" I'm following my interests, and there's something about investigating the world and creating a watchable, entertaining programme out of it that is deeply satisfying. "
" In the past, I've tried to show the human side of people involved in stigmatised or misunderstood lifestyles. I've tried to resist easy judgments and not pander to prejudices. "