1976. UK. Dir: Nicholas Roeg. With David Bowie, Rip Torn. 139 min.
“You know Tommy, you’re a freak. I don’t mean that unkindly. I like freaks.” It’s the role Bowie was born to play: a starman seeking to save his home planet from extinction, yet finding only alienation in our world. The late singer’s unearthly performance is matched by psychedelic visuals courtesy of WALKABOUT’s Roeg.
1971. UK/Australia. Dir: Nicolas Roeg. With Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg. 100 min.
Two young siblings become stranded in the vast Australian Outback, with only an Aboriginal teen on his Walkabout to help them survive. Roeg brings the coming-of-age tale to a striking, kaleidoscopic backdrop, where the sweltering landscape is just as much an object of fascination as the characters who traverse it.