curriculum vitae

Robert Nugent               

Robert grew up on the banks of the Murray River in Albury NSW. He is the son of a printer and a home-maker.  

He has an MA in Documentary from the Australian Film Television and Radio School and a Bachelor of Natural Resource Management from the University of New England. He has made three feature length documentaries, as well as commission films for NGOs and TV. His film End of the Rainbow (a co-production between France and Australia) won the first appearance award at IDFA in 2007 and went on to screen at major festivals around the world. He has worked as a war artist for the Australian War Memorial in Iraq and East Timor. He made No Dramas; recordings from Iraq in 2008. His film Memoirs of a Plague (2012) screened at IDFA and HotDocs, Margaret Mead FF in New York, and iDocs in Beijing. He has screen credits with the ABC, ARTE, PBS, SBS and National Geographic. His latest feature length film, Night Parrot Stories,  premiered in Alice Springs on May 5th 2016. You can find out more about Night Parrot Stories here. 

Rob has a wealth of experience working cross-culturally, both within Australia and internationally. Prior to filmmaking Rob worked for the United Nations in Afghanistan and Cambodia for 11 years (1990 - 2001). He has also worked for the Central Land Council in Alice Springs as an Environmental Officer (1987 - 1990). He currently lives in Canberra where he teaches periodically at ANU and the University of Canberra. 

As well as a Director, Rob is a skilled cinematographer, sound and video editor (Adobe Premier/Adode Audition). He has a long-standing interest in creative ethnography and observational filmmaking which draws together science, field research and social understandings, in ways that are unusual and compelling.

He still goes into book shops seeking the smell of freshly printed paper. His great unmade film is of the first woman who operated the iconic printing machine... the Linotype. 



End of the Rainbow (Feature length version)

First Appearance Award - International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (2007); 

The One World Media Prize London (June 2008); 

Maysles Brothers Award, Belfast International Film Festival (2008); 

Special Mention Torino International Environmental Film Festival (October 2008); 

Best Film (Taipei, Taiwan International Documentary Festival - Nov 2008); 

Best Film (DocsLisboa/ Portugal - Nov 2008); 

Best Documentary (Amazonas Film Festival, Brazil - Nov 2008)

Memoirs of a Plague- Critics circle award - Arts Council ACT (2011)



Australian War Memorial

Iraq / War Artist (Videographic) 2006 

East Timor / War Artist (Videographic) 2008

Video portraiture - National Portrait Gallery / ABC / Stasia Dabrowsky / PJ Williams 


ON-LINE (click on headings)

More than words 

Child Fund Australia (2012)


Children Driving Change 

AusAID / Baptist World Aid Australia (2013)


Brick Makers 

AusAID / Baptist World Aid Australia (2013)


The Fish Catchers 

AusAID / Baptist World Aid Australia (2013)


Kalamurina Station 

Australian Wildlife Conservancy (2010)



Belgium Technical Cooperation (2004)




  • Film trainer for the People’s NGO Forum,  Laos People Republic, European Union consultancy - July 2012
  • Trainer - "Thinking with a video camera" - course for Masters and PhD Visual Anthropology students / ANU / 2013 / 2104
  • Visiting Fellow, Australian National University, Digital Humanities Hub,  Research School of Humanities, Canberra, Australia 2009 - 2011 
  • Documenting locust surveys in Eastern Egypt / Red Sea areas Egypt, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, January - February 2010
  • Documenting locust outbreak in western Tanzania, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. June - July2009 
  • Documenting locust outbreak in southern Ethiopia, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. January - February 2008
  • Three months training in community based film making. Quy Chau Vietnam. Belgium Technical Cooperation - 2004 - 2007(three visits)
  • Documenting community development projects and tsunami relief in Sumatra and Java. USAID - Development Alternatives International (several visits) 2006 - 2007 
  • Filming the social impacts of mine closures with Dyak communities, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, Riotinto - several visits 2004 - 2006
  • Community based film making with ethnic minority groups in North East Cambodia, Health International 2004
  • Interviewer - Australians at War Film Archive - two tours of duty. 2003 




'Beyond All Utterance' (2012) Humanities Research, Research School of Humanities, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. 




2002 - Master of Arts, Documentary. Australian Film Television and Radio School, Sydney.


1983 - Bachelor of Natural Resources. University of New England.  




Country Officer / Technical Advisor 

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization

(four years in Afghanistan, six years in Cambodia. 1990 - 2001)

Environmental Officer / Central Land Council / Alice Springs 1987 - 1989

Field Officer, Australian Plague Locust Commission / Broken Hill 1983 - 1986



Please contact me and I will pass on the details of these folk: 

  1. Dr Mitzi Goldman,  Looking Glass Pictures, Director of the Australian Documentary Foundation
  2. David Ross, Director of the Central Land Council / Alice Springs
  3. Associate Professor David MacDougall,  Research School of Humanities ANU
  4. Professor Libby Robin, Fenner School Australian National University



  1. Pat Fiske  - esteemed Sydney based documentary maker. 
  2. John Hughes - esteemed Melbourne based filmmaker. 
  3. Dr Tony Fleming (ex-Director of the NSW National Parks Service, ex-Director of the Australian Antarctic Division)


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