Nigel Buesst started out with a biopic
about Squizzy Taylor and has returned to the form on several occasions,
fascinated perhaps by the excitement and variety of other people's
lives. Recent subjects have been Benny Featherstone, a memorable
bandleader of the '30s, and Gerry Humphrys, the lead singer of
The Loved Ones. There have been numerous shorts, mostly on 16mm
and in collaboration with others, and a few features, the most
ambitious being Compo in 1987. This filmed version of a
play by Abe Pogos was screened at the 1989 MIFF and sold to BBC
television. Nigel's main influences have been filmmakers who
have achieved magic on minimal budgets, ranging from the British
Free Cinema movement through to the French New Wave, to Andy Warhol
in New York, Raul Ruiz, Werner Herzog, even the Dogma crowd. But
he concedes that magic on any budget is alluring, like Mulholland
Drive or Punch-drunk Love.
(1963, 12 mins, B&W, 16mm)
wonderful world of 3UZ radio.
(1966, 27 mins, B&W, 16mm)
convention in Sydney.
and Fall of Squizzy Taylor (1968, 50 mins, B&W, 16mm)
Napoleon of crime.
(1970, 50 mins, col, 16mm)
early mass murderers.
Balwyn (1971, 55 mins, B&W, 16mm)
feature about a magazine publisher.
of St Patricks (1971, 8 mins, B&W, 16mm)
the preservation of our heritage.
Fighting (1972, 50 mins, col, 16mm)
feature about an Aboriginal boxer.
Turner Film (1975, 12 mins, col, 16mm)
work of a talented young artist.
VC (1977, 45 mins, col, 16mm)
on First WW hero and St Kilda Mayor.
of a Princess "Part Two" (1980, 6 mins, col, 16mm)
on a news event.
(1983, 70 mins, col, 16mm)
of early Australian jazz.
(1987, 82 mins, col, 35mm)
on life at a workers compensation office.
Featherstone - Prince of Good Fellows (1996, 66 mins, col,
on a musician.
Humphrys - The Loved One
Sheep Gather No Moss (1997, 12 mins, B&W, 16mm)
Village (1998, 14 mins, col, video)
mocks the urge to communicate.
Humphrys - The Loved One (2000, 66 mins, col, video)
on '60s muso.
+ Godard = Cinema
(2003, 145 mins, col, video)
the Carlton filmmakers of the '60s.
Darwin Harbour (2010, 60 mins, col, video)
early days of the city of Darwin
Companion to Australian Film
by Brian McFarlane and Ina Bertrand, 1999.
+ Godard = Cinema: An Interview with Nigel Buesst, by Jake
Wilson, Senses of Cinema, Issue 27, July-Aug 2003.
Nigel Buesst, May 2003
- Nigel Buesst's website
to Melbourne independent filmmakers index page