TRACKS - the book by Robyn Davidson

Tracks book cover.
The camels at Coffin Bay, South Australia.
TRACKS movie poster.

From September to December 2012, Outback Camel Company owner Andrew Harper and a team of cameleers worked on the film adaptation of Robyn Davidson's book Tracks. Andrew was the head cameleer, responsible for sourcing the camels used in the film, camel travelling logistics and advising director John Curran on the various intricacies of camelology. Locations included the Flinders Ranges and Coffin Bay in South Australia and Uluru and Kings Creek Station in the Northern Territory.

Australian actress Mia Wasikowska plays Robyn, with Adam Driver as National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan.

 

We had a total team of 19 camels recruited for the film with two OCC camels, Istan & Morgan taking two of the four lead roles. The other lead camels were Mona & Mindie, who are owned by Ryan and Natalie MacMIllan from Flinders and Beyond Camels, Arkaroola.

 

Morgan, who played Dookie, first met Robyn in 2006. He is one of Australia's most widely travelled camels, having walked right across the country with Andrew in 1999. Lead camel Istan was bought by Andrew in 2003 and was also used as a riding camel for cameleer John Wilkinson. Istan and Morgan also crossed the Simpson Desert with Andrew on his solo reconnXpedition2012, although one is never alone when travelling with camels...

 

Tracks had its debut in Australia at the Adelaide Film Festival in October 2013 and was released nationally in March 2014.

 

Rick and Robyn with the camels at Uluru, 2012.
The cameleers on the film with Mia and Robyn.

Rick Smolan and Robyn with the camel team, Uluru.

Will Landale, Andrew Harper, Mia, Robyn, Natalie MacMillan, Ryan MacMillan.

REVIEWS:

Istan at Beltana Station.
Artist Jo Bertini with Morgan.

Istan waits for a camera change, Beltana Station.

Artist Jo Bertini with Morgan, Coffin Bay.

Andrew Harper leads the camels at Coffin Bay.
Filming at Beltana Station.

At Coffin Bay, South Australia.

Beltana Station, South Australia.

A scene from the film.

Golden sunset with Mia Wasikowska.

(Access Reel)

Mia with Mindie (Goliath) at Coffin Bay.

Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson, portraying those wonderful moments of arrival at the beautiful Indian Ocean. Mia is with Mindie who played Goliath in the film.

Andrew and Robyn have trekked together on Outback Camel Company treks in the western Simpson Desert and on an Australian Desert Expeditions Archaeological Expedition in the eastern Simpson Desert.

They share similar views on the importance of continuing to walk the Australian desert, solo desert travel, the eminent approach of the triple-crunch facing our energy, climate and food challenges, living without 'stuff', and of course, the delight of travelling and living with camels.

 

Read Robyn's essay about the 2008 Archaeological Expedition

 

Morgan and Andrew.
On the beach east of Rockhampton.
TC leads the team.
Morgan at Durba Hills.
Bathtime!
TC, Bindii and Morgan on the Pacific Ocean beach.

Morgan, TC & Bindii on Capricorm Expedition 1999

reconnXpedition 2012.

TC, Istan, Char, Sultan & Morgan on reconnXpedition

Istan.

Istan

Cameleer John Wilkinson.

Istan and John Wilkinson

Morgan, Robyn and Andrew, Simpson Desert 2006.
Morgan and Robyn.
A team of desert specialists, 2008.

Simpson Desert Archaeological Expedition 2008.

Robyn, Dick Kimber, Andrew Harper, Mike Smith, Philip Jones.

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