Tuesday, 9 October 2012


Adelaide: Principal photography commences in Australia today on feature drama TRACKS, based on the inspirational true story of intrepid traveller and writer Robyn Davidson’s solo trek from Alice Springs through 2700km of sprawling Australian desert to the Indian Ocean, accompanied only by her loyal dog and four unpredictable camels. This epic and remarkable journey into one of the world's last great wildernesses, which was captured by charismatic National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan, taught Robyn to do the impossible, to appreciate the joy of true solitude and that sometimes we have to detach from the world to feel connected to it.

Tracks stars the internationally acclaimed Australian actress Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre, The Kids Are Alright, Alice in Wonderland) as Robyn Davidson and rapidly rising star Adam Driver (HBO’s Emmy nominated Girls, Frances Ha, Lincoln, Inside Llewyn Davis) as Rick Smolan.

Tracks is directed by the esteemed John Curran (The Painted Veil, We Don’t Live Here Anymore, Praise), produced by Oscar® winners Emile Sherman and Iain Canning of See-Saw Films (The King’s Speech, Shame, Oranges and Sunshine) and co-produced by AFI award-winning producer Julie Ryan (Red Dog, Ten Canoes).

Tracks is based on Robyn Davidson’s eponymous award winning and best selling book. Translated into twenty languages for publication, Tracks has now been adapted for the screen by Marion Nelson and John Curran. Director of Photography is Cannes Camera D’Or and Independent Spirit Award winning cinematographer Mandy Walker ASC ACS (Australia, Lantana).

Robyn Davidson says of her story being translated to the screen ‘What a strange experience it is to see one's own account morphed into another form. I could not be more pleased with the people involved in conceiving this new avatar. Emile and Iain, unique among producers I think, John, who sails as close to the book as he can without compromising his own ship, and of course, Mia, whose talent gave me goose bumps when I watched In Treatment, and who is as lovely as she is gifted.’

'This is one of the great Australian stories that begs to be adapted for the big screen. Robyn undertakes such an epic journey, doing what many of us wish we had the courage to do - to cast off the shackles of our lives, going as far away as possible from the noise of civilisation, and to find out how we would manage truly alone. We couldn’t be happier to have such strong casting in Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver, playing the roles of two such intriguing, resolute and adventurous characters.’ said producers Emile Sherman and Iain Canning.

Set against one of the wildest and most breathtaking backdrops on the planet, Tracks will be filmed on location across South Australia and The Northern Territory.

Tracks is a See-Saw Films production, with investment from Screen Australia, Screen NSW, South Australian Film Corporation, Deluxe and Cross City Sales.

International Sales are being handled by HanWay, with distribution including Transmission Films and Momentum Pictures in Australia and the UK respectively.