TRACKS is a Australian drama film directed by John Curran (The Painted Veil, We Don’t Live Here Anymore) and starring Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre, Stoker) and Adam Driver (HBO’s Girls, Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis). It is an adaptation of Robyn Davidson’s memoir of the same name, chronicling the author’s nine-month journey on camels across the Australian desert.
Charismatic young New Yorker and National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan (Driver) travelled from the other end of the earth to capture, at intervals, this epic and remarkable journey into one of the world’s last great wildernesses. Robyn Davidson (Wasikowska) reluctantly agreed to a visiting photographer in return for much needed trip funding and could only see Rick’s visits as intruding on her solitude and compromising everything the journey meant to her. However, this uneasy relationship between two very different people would slowly develop into an unlikely and enduring friendship.
Set against one of the wildest, most dangerous and most breathtaking backdrops on the planet, this unprecedented journey pushed Robyn to her physical and emotional limits and taught her that sometimes we have to detach from the world to feel connected to it. In witnessing this extraordinary journey we realise that the impossible is within reach of us all.
The film was premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Special Presentation category, took part in the Official Competition of the 70th Venice International Film Festival 2013, and opened the 2013 Adelaide Film Festival which served as the Australian premiere.