The Australian film Tracks is playing at City Cinema until Sunday night. It’s an interesting film, especially if you are a fan of the “epic solo journeys by indefatigable Australians” genre as I am (see also Half-Safe: Across the Atlantic by Jeep).
Based on the true story of Robyn Davidson, who walked from Alice Springs to the Ocean in 1977, the film is beautifully shot, and an oddly compelling tale, given that the action consists mostly of a woman, a dog and four camels walking across desert landscapes.
There is, I warn you (spoiler alert) dog-related pathos that was especially shocking to me as I had Ethan at my feet throughout; fortunately his head was under the seat of the person in front of me, so he didn’t witness it.
Here’s an MP3 of the Australian radio program The Conversation Hour with an interview with Robyn Davidson talking about the fate of nomads. Fast-forward to 29:01 to hear the interview.
Here’s how you can find the essay by Robyn Davis that’s referenced in the radio piece: No Fixed Address: Nomads and the Fate of the Planet (it’s available in print and digitally, for a fee).