Robert Nugent / Simpson Desert / 2014 /              Filming Night Parrot Stories.  

Robert Nugent / Simpson Desert / 2014 /            Filming Night Parrot Stories. 

what we do

All researchers now have audiovisual recording devices in their pockets and that is a wonderful thing! Yet turning academic research and recording stuff into meaningful knowledge and a sought after film, or podcast, is still a big trick. 

Viafilm's experience in 'thinking through a video camera' assists researchers to position complex situations in ways that are compelling and unique to the audiovisual.

Please be in touch. Viafilm likes to help... 

current projects

- "Looking for Wanji-wanji"...an audio podcast and web video. a linguistic journey in search of a once popular, now lost, Aboriginal song. in production with Dr Myfany Turpin and Dr Clint Bracknell and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.  

- "Riverbend"...revisiting representations of the Murray River and the social geography of its waters. a film in discussion with the Murray Darling Basin Authority.

- "The Inductivist"...a film on nuclear weapon control systems, based on the life and work of the man 'who saved the world', Des Ball. in development with John HughesMitzi Goldman (Earlyworks / Looking Glass Pictures)


Viafilm evolved from a group of colleagues working in overseas aid, who became interested in how audiovisual media may augment the work of researchers and NGOs.

Viafilm relies on a web of ethically driven long-term professional and accademic connections and friendships.

robert nugent

Rob is a filmmaker and the director of viafilm, based from Canberra. 

Rob previously worked for the United Nations in Afghanistan and Cambodia (1990 - 2001)and the Central Land Council in Alice Springs (1986 - 1990).

As well as a film director, Rob is a skilled cinematographer, sound and video editor. He has a long-standing interest in creative ethnography, audio recording and observational filmmaking.

He was a Visiting Fellow at the Consortium for Research and Information Outreach (CRIO) and then the Digital Humanities Lab at the Australian National University from 2009 - 2012. 

Robert Nugent's curriculum vitae 

email: robertnugent.film[at]gmail[dot]com

telephone: [[+61] [0] 422_234_757]]