Beach Flicks will wrap up its 2014-15 season this Friday.
“It’s been fantastic,” said one of Beach Flicks’ organizers, Karen Roberts, of the past year.
For their last film of the season, organizers have chosen the Toronto International Film Festival hit Tracks. Based on the true-life story of a 27-year-old Australian woman Robyn Davidson, who in 1977 decided to walk 2,000 kilometres across the desert to the Indian Ocean while accompanied only by her dog and four camels.
When Davidson realizes she is woefully underfunded and, despite her desire for self-sufficiency, accepts a fee from National Geographic in exchange for a written feature on her travels.
The magazine adds a condition, however: she must allow photographer Rick Smolan to photograph her at selected stops along the way.
Directed by John Curran, Tracks captures two arduous journeys: Robyn making her way slowly through the outback, and her (arguably more perilous) inner search. The motivation behind her decision to test her limits, and the reasons for her preference for animals over people, are subtly revealed during the beautifully filmed chronicle of the arduous crossing.
Tracks will show on Friday, April 17 at the Eaglecrest Golf Club. As usual, tickets will be sold at the door for $6. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the film begins at 7 p.m. sharp.
Beach Flicks will return next autumn with more TIFF-selected films. “We’ll be back for season five in October,” confirmed Roberts, who added that organizers will choose next year’s movies over the summer.
For more information, visit beachflicks.ca
—NEWS Staff/Beach Flicks