Read the book, watch the film! A recently released major motion picture brings to life Robyn Davidson’s classic travelogue Tracks, the story of a young woman’s epic journey by camel across the formidable Australian Outback. Davidson arrived in the Outback with a dog, a little cash, and she managed to find and train some camels (feral in Australian desert since the 19th century) to carry her on her journey. Her absorbing account of her almost 2,000 mile trek across the desert is a tale of true adventure shot through with a feel for the landscape and empathy for the Aboriginal people she meets along the way.
The new film, starring Mia Wasikowska as Davidson and Adam Driver as Rick Smolan, the National Geographic photographer who captured her trek (and fell in love with the "camel lady" along the way), reveals the stunning landscape of the Outback in all its stark majesty, as does Robyn Davidson’s effortless prose, which is present in the film through frequent eloquent voice-overs. While the film brings Smolan's stills and Davidson's descriptions to life, you'll want to read the book before watching the film to get a full appreciation of the hardships and transformative power of Davidson's trek.
You can read about Wasikowska’s camel training here, take a sneak peak of the trailer here or get a full visual tour through the beautifully produced, large format companion book Inside Tracks. Davidson's daring journey, as photographed by Rick Smolan, is presented alongside scenes from the major motion picture in stunning full-color prints.