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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.


John Curran


Marion Nelson (screenplay), Robyn Davidson (book)
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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 (as Brendan MacLean)
Jamie Timony ... Bernard


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Hanway Films | Official Site | See more »




English | Aboriginal

Release Date:

6 March 2014 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Spuren See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,544, 19 September 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$508,806, 21 November 2014
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Robyn's trek takes about nine months. But her hair stays the same length, neatly blunt cut, throughout the journey/movie. See more »


[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 »


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


"Kangaroo Hop'
Written by Fred Godfrey and Billy Williams
Performed by Mr Billy Williams
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Starry Night
8 June 2014 | by clarkj-565-161336See all my reviews

The scenes I enjoyed the most in this movie were the star shots. Imagine you are sleeping in the outback, and the sky is ablaze with the southern constellations. No matter where you are, there is a star right straight above you; you are not alone.

Being alone is an important theme to Robyn Davidson. We are told by back story that her mother committed suicide at an early age. We are also told that her father wandered all around East Africa prospecting. She is forced to live with her aunt and her beloved dog is put down. The first lines in the movie tell us that movement and change are important to Robyn. Think of a gyroscope. As long as it is spinning, it can provide accurate navigational information. Stop spinning, and it goes out of control.

Travelling with camels also makes sense. Symbolically camels are independent, tough, resourceful and most of all they can go for long periods without the essentials of life. So for Robyn going for long periods with no human contact mimics the camels lack of certain essentials as well. Like her father, she has an instinct for the bush and finds herself at home in that environment. You get the feeling that she could find her way even without her dad's Brunton compass. Also she is able to bond with a whole variety of creatures from wild camels, aboriginals and bushmen. She respects the ways and habits of the people she meets.

This movie has wonderful shots of the outback and the incredible variety of people and places that present themselves. As many adventures do, it has a huge physical as well as psychological component. The acting is well done, there is not an excess of emotion or drama, but Mia and Adam do an excellent job of showing us that there is lots going on underneath it all, which fits exactly.

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