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Weinstein Co. Buys U.S. Rights to Venice/Telluride Title 'Tracks' Starring Wasikowska

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Matt Mueller | Thompson on Hollywood September 1, 2013 at 11:48PM

The Weinstein Company (TWC) today has acquired U.S. rights from HanWay Films to John Curran's true Australian odyssey "Tracks," starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver, which debuted at Venice and Telluride to strong reviews and will go on to screen at Toronto. Here's TOH.
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The Weinstein Company (TWC) today has acquired U.S. rights from HanWay Films to John Curran's true Australian odyssey "Tracks," starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver, which debuted at Venice and Telluride to strong reviews and will go on to screen at Toronto. Here's TOH.

John Curran ("The Painted Veil," "We Don't Live Here Anymore") tells the true story of Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska), a woman from the city who makes a solo trek in 1977 through 1700 miles of inhospitable Australian desert. Accompanied by only her dog Diggity and four ornery camels, she sets off on a life-changing journey beginning in Alice Springs and ending at the Indian Ocean. Along the way, she meets National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan (Adam Driver) who photographs her voyage. 

Julia Roberts was one of many actresses attached to "Tracks" during its long journey to the big screen, but Wasikowska portraying Davidson, an unremarkable 27-year-old. 

Whereas Davidson's actual journey was 99 percent solo, Curran chooses to highlight the interactions that punctuated her desert odyssey, in order to illuminate and contextualize a side of Australia most people will know nothing about. In one of the film's most compelling stretches, Davidson is guided through sacred land by an Aborigine named Eddy, and she also encounters farmers, tourists and journalists seeking out "the camel lady" after her walk makes headlines

CAA, Thorsten Schumacher, Managing Director of HanWay Films, and Craig Emanuel of Loeb & Loeb brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers with TWC’s COO David Glasser andPresident/Managing Director of European Acquisitions Robert Walak.

See-Saw Films’ Emile Sherman and Iain Canning produced the film, adapted with a screenplay by Marion Nelson from the memoirs of Robyn Davidson. 

The Weinstein Company also released the Oscar-winning Best Picture The King's Speech, which Sherman and Canning also produced. 

The film was produced and financed with support from Screen Australia, SouthAustralian Film Corporation, Adelaide Film Festival, Screen New South Wales, Deluxe and Cross City Sales.

This article is related to: Festivals, Telluride Film Festival, Telluride


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.