Director: John Curran
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Emma Booth
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Language: English and Aboriginal with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Australia 2013 112 mins.
Released by eONE
The idea of a woman fresh from the city crossing the Australian desert to the Indian Ocean is treated with amusement and derision by the locals in Alice Springs. But Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) is determined and after months of camping out and working on a camel farm people begin to take her seriously. A chance meeting with National Geographic photographer Rick Smoland (Adam Driver) provides her with the necessary financing for her expedition under the condition that he be allowed to photograph parts of her journey for the magazine. Robyn Davidson set out in 1977 on an inspiring and life changing journey of self-discovery with Diggity, her dog and four camels to trek 1700 miles across the Australian outback. Aside from 'I want to be by myself' the movie doesn't tell us why Robyn Davidson undertook such a hazardous journey. Mandy Walker's cinematography is breathtaking and there's some interesting characters along the way, particularly Mr Eddie (Rolley Mintuma), an aboriginal elder who guides Davidson across sacred land. Great cinematography, reminders of Nicolas Roeg's 'Walkabout' but that's it.