Nicolas Roeg has directed some of the most original films of the past twenty years, yet his work has remained relatively unknown. Combining the styles of such famous British directors as Hitchcock, Reed and Lester with innovations from the French New Wave, his work is artfully distinctive. Despite their initial lack of commercial appeal and pans by critics for their "inaccessibility, " many of Roegs films have gained a large audience over time. Performance and Bad Timing have become cult films; Walkabout is a mainstay on college campuses and even among church groups. Why? Film by film, details of Roegs dozen features are examined in an effort to better understand the man and his movies.