Mia Wasikowska Makes Tracks Down Under

Shooting has just commenced on John Curran’s film inspired by Robyn Davidson’s epic trek across the Australian desert.

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Australian-born actress Mia Wasikowska has been having a pretty stellar past couple of years – working with filmmakers like Tim Burton (Alice In Wonderland) and Gus Van Sant (Restless), tackling iconic literary characters (Jane Eyre and the upcoming Madame Bovary), and soon to be seen in John Hillcoat’s crime/drama Lawless – and has returned to her roots to begin shooting the feature drama, Tracks.

The film is based on the inspiring true story of Robyn Davidson’s solo trek from Alice Springs through 2,700 kilometres of seemingly endless Australian desert to the Indian Ocean with only her loyal dog, Diggity, and four unpredictable camels: Dookie, Bub, Zeleika and Goliath.

Wasikowska will essay Robyn, while rising star Adam Driver (best known for his role on the hit HBO series Girls, but who also scored a role in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln and in the Coen Brothers’ upcoming Inside Llewyn Davis) will play National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan, who travelled alongside her documenting her journey.

Often described as a nomad, the real Robyn Davidson was pleasantly surprised to have her story told on the big screen with the screenplay being lifted from the explorer’s own novel. “What a strange experience it is to see one’s own account morphed into another form,” Davidson said. “I could not be more pleased with the people involved in conceiving this new avatar. Emile and Iain, unique among producers I think, John, who sails as close to the book as he can without compromising his own ship, and of course, Mia, whose talent gave me goose bumps when I watched In Treatment, and who is as lovely as she is gifted.”

Indeed, the film is in some talented hands with director John Curran (The Painted Veil, We Don’t Live Here Anymore) driving the project, along with Oscar-winning producers, Emile Sherman and Iain Canning (The King’s Speech, Shame, Oranges and Sunshine) and Julie Ryan (Red Dog, Ten Canoes).

“This is one of the great Australian stories that begs to be adapted for the big screen,” producers, Emile Sherman and Ian Canning, have said of the project “Robyn undertakes such an epic journey, doing what many of us wish we had the courage to do ‐ to cast off the shackles of our lives, going as far away as possible from the noise of civilisation, and to find out how we would manage truly alone.”

Tracks is set in the heart of the Australian Outback and will be filmed on location across South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Photo credit: Mia Wasikowska, courtesy of Getty Images/Ian Gavan.

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