×

‘Tracks’ Producer Recalls Film’s Journey to Screen

Story is well-known in Oz but pic, which will play in Toronto, is looking for a U.S. buyer.

Tracksproducer Emile Sherman is no stranger to the Lido.

The last time the Australian producer, who makes up one-half of the producing duo at See-Saw Films (“The King’s Speech”), hit Venice was with sexually graphic Michael Fassbender drama “Shame” in 2011.

This year, it’s a very different story, as the producer is in town with indie drama “Tracks,” which tells the tale of how a young woman, Robyn Davidson, traveled more than 1,678 miles through the Australian desert in 1977.

“The Painted Veil” helmer John Curran directs the pic, which is based on Davidson’s memoir of the same name. Mia Wasikowska stars with Adam Driver.

“It’s one of those books that is incredibly well-known in Australia,” said Sherman. “We always felt that it was one of the big Australian stories that hadn’t been told yet.”

See-Saw kept in touch with Davidson’s agent in the U.K. and waited patiently for the rights to come available as, he said, “we felt it was something worth waiting for.”

He added: “We were really drawn to this story because not only did Robyn achieve something off the Richter scale in walking across the desert, but it was the impetus behind it that interested us. It’s a story of great physical endurance and courage and at the same time it’s very much an internal story about someone finding themselves out there.”

HanWay Films, which reps international sales for the pic, has already inked deals with eOne (Alliance Films’ Brit arm Momentum Pictures, which was purchased by eOne earlier this year, had an output deal with See-Saw), Transmission for Australia and New Zealand, Ascot Elite for Switzerland and BIM for Italy.

These pre-sales combined with coin from Screen Australia and Aver Media completed the financing for the pic.

“Tracks,” which is also having its North American preem in Toronto next month, has yet to snag a U.S. distrib.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Dan Stevens

    Dan Stevens Joins Netflix Comedy 'Eurovision'

    “Legion” star Dan Stevens has joined the cast of Netflix feature “Eurovision,” alongside Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams and Pierce Brosnan. The British actor, who made his name in “Downton Abbey” and recently finished a three-year run on FX’s “X-Men” spin-off “Legion” from Noah Hawley, will play Alexander Lemtov, a Russian contestant taking part in the [...]

  • THE-SONG-OF-NAMES

    Tim Roth, Clive Owen-Starrer 'The Song Of Names' To Close San Sebastian

    Starring Clive Owen and Tim Roth, Canadian François Girard’s historical drama “The Song of Names” will close the 67th San Sebastian Festival on Sept. 28. World premiering at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival as a Gala Presentation, “The Song of Names” will play out of competition at what will be its international premiere. Hanway Films [...]

  • Dogwoof Boards Venice-Bound Imelda Marcos Doc

    Dogwoof Boards Venice-Bound Imelda Marcos Documentary ‘The Kingmaker’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    Dogwoof has boarded Lauren Greenfield’s “The Kingmaker,” about Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines. The hotly anticipated feature doc delves into the disturbing legacy of the Marcos regime and Imelda’s attempts to aid her son’s political career. It will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and then screen at [...]

  • Yao Chen in “Send Me to

    Cheng Cheng Films Nabs North American Rights to China's 'Send Me to the Clouds'

    New York-based distributor Cheng Cheng Films has acquired North American rights to first-time Chinese director Teng Congcong’s comedy drama “Send Me to the Clouds,” starring and produced by A-list actress Yao Chen. The company is planning a theatrical release for fall 2019. “Cheng Cheng has always championed films with strong female leads,” the firm said [...]

  • A White White Day

    Film Movement Brings ‘A White, White Day’ to the U.S. (EXCLUSIVE)

    OSLO  —  New-York based distributor Film Movement has acquired U.S. rights to critically-lauded Icelandic drama “A White, White Day,” today’s opening film at New Nordic Films in Haugesund. In a separate deal, sales agent New Europe Film Sales has closed French-speaking Canada with Funfilm and English-speaking Canada with Game Theory. Hlynur Pálmason’s sophomore pic, “A [...]

  • (from left) Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham)

    Korea Box Office: ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Topples ‘Exit,’ ‘Roar to Victory’  

    Opening on Wednesday, “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” debuted on top of the South Korean box office. Showing on some 1,311 screens nationwide, the UPI release earned $15.1 million from 2.03 million admissions over five days. That included the four-day National Liberation Day weekend. “The Battle: Roar to Victory” remained in second. The [...]

  • Tracy Morgan Netflix stand-up special

    Film News Roundup: Tracy Morgan Joins Eddie Murphy's 'Coming 2 America'

    In today’s film news roundup, Tracy Morgan and Michael Rooker book roles in major movies, and Gravitas buys “Christmas Break-In.” CASTINGS Tracy Morgan has signed on to appear in Eddie Murphy’s “Coming 2 America” sequel as the brother of Lesley Jones’ character. “Hustle & Flow” helmer Craig Brewer is directing the project with Murphy, Kevin [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content