Mia Wasikowska leads this Australian true story as Robyn Davidson - a young woman who traversed 2,700km of brutal desert on foot, from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean, with no ambition but to reach the ocean beach. Based on Davidson's best-selling memoir, from the director of The Painted Veil.
"Davidson ultimately wrote about her 1977 desert adventure in 1980 in the travelogue Tracks, which became a cult favourite around the world... Robyn (Wasikowska) spends two hardscrabble years in the Alice Springs area learning how to train and care for camels (feral herds of which number in the thousands in Western Australia) in order to prepare for her journey. Finally ready to embark with her animals, she realises she is woefully underfunded and, despite her desires for self-sufficiency, accepts a fee from National Geographic in exchange for a written piece. The magazine adds a condition: she must allow photographer Rick Smolan (Adam Driver) to photograph her at selected stops along the way.
"As adapted by Marion Nelson, Tracks captures two arduous journeys: Robyn making her way slowly through the outback; and her (arguably more perilous) inner search. The motivation behind her decision to test her limits, and the reasons for her preference for animals over people, are subtly revealed during the chronicle of the back-breaking crossing." (Toronto International Film Festival)