EXEC PRODS Andrew Mackie, Richard Payten
PRODS Emile Sherman, Iain Canning
SCR Marion Nelson
CAM Mandy Walker
ED Alexandre de Franceschi
PROD DES Melinda Doring
PROD CO See-Saw Films
Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Stoker) commands the screen in John Curran’s (We Don’t Live Here Anymore) mesmerizing character study, based on the astonishing true story of Robyn Davidson. With her faithful dog and four unruly camels in tow, Robyn departed Central Australia on foot, determined to traverse the Outback and reach the Indian Ocean. Her only obstacles were 2,700 kms of desert and her own personal demons…
Davidson undertook her journey of self-discovery in 1977 and published her cult favourite Tracks in 1980. Curran and Wasikowska capture Robyn’s two-year preparatory phase in Alice Springs, when she learned how to maintain camels (fun fact: apparently there are herds of wild camels numbering in the thousands roaming the outback) and reluctantly accepted necessary funding from National Geographic. The catch? She had to allow photographer Rick Smolan (played by Girls’Adam Driver) to snap pictures at predetermined stops along the way.
Once underway, Curran and Wasikowska—aided by Marion Nelson’s impeccable script—conspire to beautifully capture the dual nature of Davidson trek: the arduous physical journey and the arguably more dangerous mental one are conveyed through Curran’s use of the stunning landscapes as a prominent character in the former and Waikowska’s complete dedication in the latter. This is one journey you will not forget.