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Telluride: True Life Tale ‘Tracks’ Gets Traction In North American Premiere

By | Sunday September 1, 2013 @ 5:16pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Several distribution companies were checking out the acquisition title Tracks this weekend as the 40th Telluride Film Festival rolled on. But as Deadline exclusively reported The Weinstein Company had the real inside ‘track’ out of the Venice Film Festival premiere. The film financed by EOne in the UK and Transmission in Australia first screened here last night and again this morning as the filmmakers hightailed it out of Venice to get to the remote Rockies for their next stop.

Related: Weinstein Acquiring ‘Tracks’ As John Curran Pic Has Double Premiere At Venice And Telluride Fests

The true story of Robyn Davidson’s 1977′s  2000 mile solo trek with four camels and a black dog across the Australian desert to the Indian Ocean stars Mia Wasikowska, was directed by John Curran (The Painted Veil), and next heads to Toronto. Producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, who won Oscars for The Weinstein Company’s  The King’s Speech two years ago, told me they are relieved after the enthusiastic reception the film has received in both Venice and now Telluride. Curran said the nerves were flowing for him as well before the North American debut here but he also is happy with response so far.  Several specialty film distributors checked out the film in Telluride and two top execs I spoke with after the screening were impressed but obviously Weinstein is doing the deal. After seeing the film I thought this fascinating adventure picture would have no trouble at all finding domestic distribution. If it did we should all get out of this business. It’s that good. I don’t think Weinstein will want to release in this crowded awards season and their plate is already full. Spring seems right to me. Read More »

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The Weinstein Company Acquiring ‘Tracks’ As John Curran Pic Has Double Premiere At Venice And Telluride Fests

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: The Weinstein Company has confirmed Deadline’s scoop about the acquisition of U.S. rights to Tracks. Release has been added below original story.

EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that the first major acquisition on the ground at the weekend festivals will be a Weinstein Company deal for U.S. rights to Tracks, the John Curran-directed film that stars Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver. The deal with backer HanWay Films is being made right now, after the picture made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, where it is playing in competition. The film’s U.S. premiere is this weekend at Telluride before it heads for the Toronto Film Festival next week.

Tracks, scripted by Marion Nelson, is based on a memoir by Robyn Davidson. It tells the harrowing story of how Davidson repaired her tattered life after the breakup of her marriage and death of her mother, by trekking solo through the desert in Australia. Driver plays a photographer for National Geographic who chronicled her 2,000 mile journey. The deal is being made by CAA.

Here is the release memorializing yesterday’s Deadline scoop:

The Weinstein Company (TWC) today announced that it has acquired US rights from HanWay Films to John Curran’s TRACKS starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver, based on a remarkable true story. See-Saw Films’ Emile Sherman and Iain Canning produced the film, adapted with a screenplay by Marion Nelson from

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