Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin


Can it really be 30 years since writer and traveller Bruce Chatwin died? The author of The Songlines counted maverick German film-maker Werner Herzog as a friend and collaborator. Now the director sets out on his own Chatwin-like peregrination around the world, from Patagonia to the Australian outback and the Black Hills in Wales.

This being Herzog, don’t expect it to be a linear tribute to Chatwin. It’s a more circuitous, off-the-beaten-track affair, full of diversions, strange interludes and with an arresting soundtrack. And for those who question the writer’s sometimes cavalier approach to facts, his biographer puts it neatly: “Bruce didn’t tell half-truths; he told the truth and a half.”


Documentary in which Werner Herzog sets out on a journey inspired by his friend, writer and adventurer Bruce Chatwin, who had a passion for the nomadic life. Carrying the rucksack that Chatwin gave him on his deathbed, Herzog travels to South America, Australia and the Welsh borders, uncovering stories of lost tribes, wanderers and dreamers.

Cast & Crew

Director Werner Herzog
Editor Marco Capalbo
Executive Producer Richard Bright