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Watch: Clip From Venice & TIFF Selection 'Tracks' Starring Mia Wasikowska

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 25, 2013 3:17 PM
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Tracks Mia Wasikowska

Can you tell we're on the cusp of festival season? More previews are arriving as premieres come closer and closer, and now another has landed, this time giving us a first peek at the Australian film "Tracks" from filmmaker John Curran ("Stone," "The Painted Veil"). And it brings to life a pretty interesting true story.

Mia Wasikowska stars as Robyn Davidson, a young woman who trekked across the Australian Outback in 1977, a 1,700-mile journey, accompanied by her dog and four camels. "Girls" star Adam Driver plays photographer Rick Smolan, who meets her on three occasions to document her journey for National Geographic magazine. And in this pretty lovely clip, you'll see Robyn writing a letter to the magazine looking for their support. Here's the official synopsis: 

In 1977, a twenty-seven-year-old Australian woman named Robyn Davidson set out from Alice Springs to walk across 2,700 kilometers of harsh desert to the Indian Ocean. Accompanied only by her dog and four camels, Davidson yearned for a solitary journey of self-discovery, and had no ambition other than to reach the ocean beach. She ultimately wrote about her desert adventure in 1980 in the travelogue Tracks, which became a cult favourite around the world and has only now been beautifully adapted for the big screen by director John Curran (The Painted Veil).

Robyn (Mia Wasikowska, in a bravura performance) spends two hardscrabble years in the Alice Springs area learning how to train and care for camels (feral herds of which number in the thousands in Western Australia) in order to prepare for her journey. Finally ready to embark with her animals, she realizes she is woefully underfunded and, despite her desires for self-sufficiency, accepts a fee from National Geographic in exchange for a written piece. The magazine adds a condition: she must allow photographer Rick Smolan (Adam Driver, also at the Festival in Michael Dowse's The F Word) to photograph her at selected stops along the way.

"Tracks" will carve a path from Venice to Toronto, and is looking for distribution.

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  • Thandie | August 26, 2013 2:34 PMReply

    She's great but she looks a bit young for the role?

  • hoohah | August 25, 2013 8:20 PMReply

    Dont we all ! ! !.

  • otis rampaging heterosexuality | August 25, 2013 8:19 PMReply

    I want to bugger Mia Wasikowska.

  • hoohah | August 25, 2013 7:56 PMReply

    If this does not get a U.S. release date, asses should be kicked.

  • hoohah | August 25, 2013 7:56 PMReply

    If this does not get a U.S. release date, asses should be kicked.

  • Nick S. | August 25, 2013 7:36 PMReply

    John Curran did a wonderful job with "The Painted Veil" and this movie had to have been a real challenge, but I think they got the best possible actress for the role with Mia Wasikowska. There are some parts of the story that are very heart wrenching and super intense. After taking so many years to be made into a film (going back to well before Wasikowska was even born) I'm really looking forward to this film.

  • I am already crying. | August 25, 2013 6:33 PMReply

    One of those camels is going to die, isn't it? Probably the baby camel's mother.

  • Susan | August 25, 2013 7:59 PM

    Or the dog. Present in the beginning scenes, but not with Mia and the camels on the desert.

  • Joel Caraway | August 25, 2013 5:15 PMReply

    This looks lovely.

  • Nick S. | August 25, 2013 8:04 PM

    The dog's name in the book is Diggity and he has an important part in the story - no spoilers please.

  • RPG | August 25, 2013 4:21 PMReply

    And to think that Julia Roberts was tapped for the lead over two decades ago. Patience is indeed a virtue.

  • Nick S. | August 27, 2013 10:42 AM

    Thirty years ago my pick for this part would have been Judy Davis, but today I go along with Robyn Davidson's choice of Mia Wasikowska. Having seen her in both HBO's "In Treatment" and "Jane Eyre" I have nothing but respect for Mia's ability to morph as an actress and remain totally convincing. She also has a special quality, a presence, that I find quite unique. She has the talent to explore the many layers of such a complex character. Looking forward to "Tracks" greatly - I love the book.

  • art r | August 27, 2013 1:39 AM

    Judy Davis would have been brilliant in this. Alas.

  • indiewire2 | August 26, 2013 6:44 PM

    Perhaps, but a January 2013 interview in The Australian with Robyn Davidson says - "There's a note of wistfulness, however, when she mentions that, regrettably, Judy Davis turned down the role years ago because "she was worried about the sun." Unfortunate, Davis would've been incredible in the role.

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