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Tracks (2013)

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A young woman goes on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog.

Director:

John Curran

Writers:

Marion Nelson (screenplay), Robyn Davidson (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lily Pearl ... Young Robyn
Mia Wasikowska ... Robyn
Philip Dodd ... Publican
Fiona Press ... Publican's Wife
Daisy Walkabout Daisy Walkabout ... Ada
Rainer Bock ... Kurt
Felicity Steel Felicity Steel ... Gladdy
John Flaus ... Sallay
Ian Conway Ian Conway ... Chilpi
Evan Casey Evan Casey ... Evan
David Pearce David Pearce ... David
Jessica Tovey ... Jenny
Darcy Crouch Darcy Crouch ... Tolly
Brendan MacLean Brendan MacLean ... Peter
Jamie Timony ... Bernard
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Storyline

A young woman goes on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some partial nudity, disturbing images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Hanway Films | Official Site | See more »

Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Aboriginal

Release Date:

6 March 2014 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Spuren See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,544, 19 September 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$508,806, 21 November 2014
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1
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Trivia

This is cinematographer Mandy Walker's second film set in the Australian outback. She previously lensed Australia (2008). See more »

Goofs

Robyn spends months walking in the sun with barely any protection, often half-dressed, and develops hardly any tan, and one nasty sunburn that appears in one scene and is gone the next. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Robyn: Dear sir, I am planning to walk across the Australian desert from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. A distance of 2,000 miles. The trip will take six to seven months. There are herds of feral camels roaming freely throughout Central Australia, and my idea was to capture a few and train them to carry my gear.
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Crazy Credits

The initial credits are shown over original photos from the "Tracks" book and the National Geographic article. The photos, taken by Rick Smolan, show Robyn Davidson during the actual walk. See more »

Connections

Referenced in David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (2017) See more »

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Horizon
Written and performed by Garth Stevenson and Annie Lynch
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"Tracks" - an authentic, beautiful film
29 April 2014 | by LifeVsArtSee all my reviews

After reading the book "Tracks", I found it difficult to imagine anyone being able to transfer it properly to cinema. Well, it took them years to do it, but thankfully they've achieved what seemed almost impossible. I saw "Tracks" yesterday and I found it truly moving. It's a beautiful film - not just in its transporting cinematography and landscapes, but beautiful for its truthfulness, its honesty. "Tracks" is both sublimely poetic and ruggedly authentic - it's emotionally raw. I didn't find one false note in the movie - no melodrama or stereotype characters that you see in most Hollywood films. Mia Wasikowska's performance demonstrates that old line from Keats, "Beauty is truth, truth beauty" - it's a great performance - the epitome of soulful. The journey is as much her character's internal coming to terms with herself and the world, as it is the external journey, but nothing is spoon-fed to the audience. The film is psychological and spiritual and the landscapes and the actions reflect the central character's shedding of burdens and confronting herself in a naked environment - it's universal, but profoundly personal. One reviewer described it as "achingly beautiful", having now seen "Tracks", I feel that's an apt description. I think director John Curran and everyone involved in making the film has pulled off an extremely challenging project and have created something of lasting value. Congratulations.


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