Airdate: Dark Tourist

Warning: disturbing imagery

Netflix’s first New Zealand series Dark Tourist begins on Friday with filmmaker David Farrier on a twisted doco travel series.

Tourists are normally attracted to beautiful beaches, scenic splendor and cultural heritage. However, a growing army of people are traveling the world in search of something else – places connected to the darker side of life. New Zealand journalist and filmmaker David Farrier, who journeyed into one of the darkest corners of the internet in the hit 2016 documentary, now sets his sights on the world of dark tourism – from Charles Manson’s best friend, to Pablo Escobar’s most trusted assassin, to the woman about to marry notorious UK criminal Charles Bronson.

In his travels he discovers that the definition of “tourism” extends much further than he’d ever imagined, whether it’s nuclear tourism in Japan, or frontier tourism in Turkmenistan. David visits the world’s grisly and offbeat destinations, meeting travelers drawn to them, and the people telling these stories day after day. Armed with only his curiosity and trademark sardonic wit, David travels to Latin America, the United States, Europe, Japan, Africa, Southeast Asia and the ex-soviet Stans, to try and understand the phenomenon of dark tourism.

Frday July 20 on Netflix.

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