Mia Wasikowska and Rolley Mantuna in Tracks. SUS-150303-113513001
Mia Wasikowska and Rolley Mantuna in Tracks. SUS-150303-113513001

Eastbourne Film Society’s latest offering is an outstanding work from Australia in which Mia Wasikowska, now recognised as one of the most talented young actresses in cinema today, gives a remarkable performance.

The film Tracks is based on the best-selling book by Robyn Davidson and screens at the Curzon Cinema on Wednesday, March 11, with seats available to the public.

The book, published in 1980, described Robyn Davidson’s extraordinary trek across the Western Australian desert three years earlier accompanied only by four camels and a dog.

She obtained support from the National Geographic Magazine and they arranged for photographs to be taken by Rick Smolan.

The visual aspect is undoubtedly important in this film and the Australian landscape is magnificently photographed in colour for the wide screen.

Adam Driver plays Rick Smolan, but it is Wasikowska who stands out - wholly persuading we are watching the real person, a woman whose background influenced her in making this trek but who could never have done it without having remarkable inner resources and astonishing determination.

The film emerges thanks to Wasikowska’s skills as a memorable portrait of Robyn Davidson but also engages with other characters, the most memorable being the Aborigine Mr Eddy, played by Rolley Mantuna, who crossed her path and created a true bond of friendship in the process.