Tracks tells the inspirational true story of Robyn Davidson's 1700-kilometre solo trek through the remote Australian desert to the Indian Ocean.PT1M59S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2yl84 620 349 December 2, 2013
Sand, stones, camels and Mia Wasikowska’s peeling face under a white-hot sky: the first trailer for the Australian film Tracks has all the epic quality of the 2700-km journey that was the film’s inspiration.
I think the trip was very much a part of its era, in that young people were wanting to extend the limits of what had been given to them as their roles.
Shot last year around Uluru and in South Australia on a sheep station where, in the words of director John Curran, "you drive an hour in one direction and have sand dunes; you drive in the other direction and have these beautiful gibber plains", it is a testament to the enduring fascination of a sunburnt country.
Mia Wasikowska plays Robyn Davidson in the Australian film Tracks.
Tracks is based on the best-selling memoir by real-life adventurer Robyn Davidson, which recounted the tale of her walk from Alice Springs to the West Australian coast in 1978.
Davidson walked with three camels and her dog for nine months, becoming a reluctant celebrity in the process. Young women, in particular, idolised her.
"I think the trip was very much a part of its era, in that young people were wanting to extend the limits of what had been given to them as their roles," Davidson said at the Venice Film festival, where the film had its world premiere in September. "But I also think the story had other elements that have kept it going, mythical elements."
Canberra-born Wasikowska, 24, who has become an in-demand actor in Europe and Hollywood, said in Venice that making the film convinced her to stay in Australia.
She too was inspired by Davidson’s grit. "Any time I would get cranky (during filming), I would try to put things in perspective by imagining doing what Robyn did," she said. "I found that quite helpful.
"What was really nice about this story," she added, "was that it was a young woman who takes herself back to the very basics of survival, to putting one foot in front of the other and simplifying things to the immediate needs of the moment, whether it’s water or shade or something to eat."
Tracks is due for release on March 6, 2014.