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
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.