Posted on Monday, December 2nd, 2013 by Russ Fischer
In 1977 a young woman walked across nearly 2000 miles of Australian outback, accompanied only by her dog and four camels, mostly because she wanted to. Naturally people said she was crazy, and failed to understand what she was trying to accomplish. Now her story has been adapted to film, with Mia Wasikowska starring. John Curran (Stone, The Painted Veil) directed Tracks, and the footage at least looks just as beautiful and austere as the depths of the desert can be. Have a look at the trailer below.
The M83 song you’ll hear in the trailer below (‘Outro’) makes a certain sort of sense, but I’d much rather see this footage without the excess bombast of the tune. The outback has its own quiet power, and the music casts this as a too-brightly painted emotional adventure. I’m sure it is that, but spread out over two hours rather than two minutes.
Tracks opens in Austalia on March 6, 2014; it does not yet have a US release date.
Tracks tells the true story of Robyn Davidson, who in 1977 trekked the 1,700 miles across the Western Australia desert accompanied only by four camels and her dog. It’s adapted by Marion Nelson from Davidson’s memoir with Driver playing the National Geographic photographer who documented Davidson’s journey.