Reviewed by Michael Dalton
“I just want to be by myself”, says Robyn Davidson in Tracks, the inspiring new film directed by John Curran about her incredible odyssey in 1977. For nine months and on foot with camels and her dog Diggity, Davidson trekked almost two thousand miles from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. She was intermittently watched over by Rick Smolan, a National Geographic photographer (the magazine granted Davidson sponsorship), and eventually, as the word spread about her quest, she was cheered on by locals and pestered by tourists demanding photos. Based on the never-out-of-print book Davidson released in 1980, the actual journey would not be the idea of a good time for many but cinematically it plays as an involving and moving experience.