I don’t have cable so I don’t watch current TV. (I do watch DVDs of movies and old TV shows like Columbo, Murder She Wrote, and Perry Mason.) So until I went to see This Is Where I Leave You the other night, I’d never seen Adam Driver (currently in an HBO series Girls). I learned quite a bit about him but today I learned even more from the November Zoomer magazine. An article called Picture This by Mike Crisolago is about photographer Rick Smolan who, working for National Geographic in 1977, documented the amazing 9-month journey of 27-year-old Robyn Davidson across the Australian desert with only her dog and four camels.
Now there is a movie, TRACKS, with Adam Driver playing the part of Smolan and Mia Wasikowska as Robyn. The movie was previewed at the 2013 Venice Film Festival. It opened in L.A. and New York September 19th, this year, at the same time as This Is Where I Leave You. With stunning location shots, the scenery alone should be a draw but the story is one of amazing courage.
In the meantime, Smolan has released a new, high-quality coffee table book called Inside Tracks which shows his original shots alongside stills from the movie. Smolan, a bit of a techie, has raised money through Kickstart to self-publish his book because it’s going to be expensive to publish: it’s smartphone friendly. Using Arasma technology, your smartphone can scan a photo from the original journey in the book, and instantly you see the relevant scene from the movie in video on your phone. The quality of the photos is supposed to be superior. You can learn more about this at Kickstart.
This book is available from Amazon.ca for only $31.04.
Here is the trailer for the movie.