Tracks, the true story of Robyn Davidson’s 2,700 km trek across the outback with four camels and her dog Diggity, will have its Australian premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival in October.
But audiences in other States will have to wait until March to see the adventure which stars Mia Wasikowska as Davidson and Adam Driver (HBO’s Girls) as Rick Smolan, the American National Geographic photographer who joined her on several occasions.
Distributor Transmission Films has dated the film for March 6 after deciding to avoid the cluttered pre-Christmas period and to spend more time on developing marketing materials for the campaign.
The November/December frame is crowded with titles such as August: Osage County, a dramedy that stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail Breslin, Ewan McGregor, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, The Carrie remake, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, Disney’s Saving Mr Banks, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Ben Stiller’s adventure/comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Tracks was directed by John Curran (The Painted Veil, We Don’t Live Here Anymore, Praise) from a screenplay by Curran and Marion Nelson, adapted from Davidson’s book.
The producers are Emile Sherman and Iain Canning of See-Saw Films , co-produced by Julie Ryan (Red Dog, Ten Canoes).
The film may have its world premiere before the Adelaide festival if it’s selected for the Toronto International Film Festival in September.