Australia

Tracks Movie Adaptation: 30 years in the making

"It seems to me the Universe gave us three things to make life bearable: hope, jokes, and dogs. But the greatest of these gifts is dogs." Robyn Davidson in Tracks (the movie)

I first read Robyn Davidson's book Tracks as a paperback around 1984. I found it unfathomable in parts. I yearned for adventure but her adventure was extreme. The environment, and the solitude were all beyond my imagination. I saw a preview for the movie and wondered why it had never been made a movie before now. Maybe it needed the actress Mia Wasikowska to come along.

The obvious comparisons are to Cheryl Strayed's book and movie adaptation Wild. Just comparing the two movies, I prefer Tracks. It is much more respectful of the wilderness as another character in the adventure. Maybe too it was camels and dog that make it more accessible.

It is now available to view on Netflix and I am so glad I did!

Robyn Davidson and movie poster for Tracks

A Gush for Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

hryne Fisher and Jack Armstrong

I discovered Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, a television series from Australia, on Netflix. I watched every episode at least 3 times. Not since Foyle's War have I enjoyed a mystery series as much. It is stylish with great plots set in 1920s Melbourne. The characters share an entertaining chemistry.

I was desperate for more episodes and so I searched on IMDB for more information. There is a second season! Then I went on Amazon and discovered it is released yesterday. My DVDs are on their way. Meanwhile I received a set of Season 1 and it has bonus material.  Fascinating.

Hope the second season DVDs arrive before the weekend!