It’s a well known fact that the entire continent of Australia – fauna, flora and even every grain of sand – has been specifically designed to try and kill human beings. And yet, people keep going there. And in the case of Robyn Davidson, a travel writer and naturalist, she walked right into the worse parts of it for 9 months, and with nothing but a dog and some camels for company/protection.
Now the tale of loneliness, hardship and really, really sore looking sunburn which she eventually penned about her adventure in 1977, is finally being brought to life by actress Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Stoker), who is definitely not in Wonderland anymore.
Based on the memoir by Robyn Davidson about her 1,700 mile trek across the deserts of West Australia accompanied only by four camels and her dog.
Tracks has been racking up nothing but the highest of praise when it played the festival circuit earlier in the year, with many critics declaring it one of the year’s best films. Compliments have been heaped on both Wasikowska’s performance as Davidson, as well the beatific direction from helmer Tim Curran (Stone, The Painted Veil, The Killer Inside Me).
There have been numerous attempts to adapt Davidson’s book for the screen, with even Julia Roberts attached to star at one point, before it, like all the other productions, fell apart. Curran has been the first to get the whole production going and based on the buzz, it’s been worth the wait.
Tracks currently doesn’t have a release date, but I have a feeling that this is something that will be opening in very limited release locally, if even at all.
Last Updated: December 3, 2013