The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) unveiled its nominees for the Australian equivalent to the Oscar and the Emmy this week, with sci-fi thriller PREDESTINATION, leading the pack of feature films at nine nominations. Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, THE WATER DIVINER, received eight nominations including Best Film and Best Actor. Following with seven nominations is David Michôd’s THE ROVER, which will compete in the directing category, as well as in Best Actor for Guy Pearce and Best Supporting Actor for Robert Pattinson.
The marvelous Mia Wasikowska is carving out quite a remarkable career overseas but back on home turf that career seems to magnify. Distinguishing herself as a director for her segment in TIM WINTON’S THE TURNING, just released on DVD through Madman, she now stars in the long gestating screen adaptation of TRACKS (M), playing the indefatigable Robyn Davidson who dropped into Alice Springs, 1975, with the idea of crossing the desert, a two and half thousand kilometres odyssey west from the dead heart to the Indian ocean.
Robyn is happiest without humans, holing up with Diggity, her loyal canine companion, but she knows she needs transport and funds. The former comes in the shape of four wild camels that she earns through months of backbreaking labour first with a hard Austrian émigré and camel breeder, Kurt Posel portrayed by Rainer Bock, then with the Afghani camel farmer Sallay Mahomet played by John Flaus.