Nomad: In The Footsteps Of Bruce Chatwin – Broadcast Feature Documentary
BBC / Sideways Films
(Dir. Werner Herzog / DOP. Louis Caufield)
* Tribecca Film Festival 2019 – Spotlight Documentary – Official Selection (USA)
* Sheffield Doc Fest 2019 – Official Selection (UK)
* Official Selection – 2019 Telluride Film Festival
When Bruce Chatwin was dying of AIDS, his friend Werner Herzog made a final visit. As a parting gift, Chatwin gave him his rucksack. In this feature documentary, Herzog sets out on his own journey thirty yeas later, inspired by Chatwin's passion for the nomadic life.
I was the sound recordist for the Australian leg of this documentary. Shooting in and around Alice Springs in central Australia with legendary filmmaker, Werner Herzog, is one of the highlights of my career. We shot with friends of Chatwin, indigenous elders in and around remote communities, and various other experts on Chatwin's work. The very sensitive cultural nature of some of the topics meant that the utmost respect and delicacy had to be observed during the shoot. My calm and gentle demeanour allowed me to record and interact with the subjects with no trouble.
I also had the privilege and responsibility of recording traditional indigenous songs by the campfire, and performances by the local indigenous choir, as heard in the clip seen here.