The Tracker

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For the 2010 British/New Zealand film, see Tracker (film).
The Tracker
The Tracker poster.jpg
Theatrical film poster
Directed by Rolf de Heer
Produced by Rolf de Heer
Julie Ryan
Written by Rolf de Heer
Starring Gary Sweet
David Gulpilil
Music by Graham Tardif
Cinematography Ian Jones
Edited by Tania Nehme
Release dates 2002
Running time 98 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Box office A$818,388 (Australia)[1]

The Tracker is an Australian drama film produced in 2002. It was directed and written by Rolf de Heer. It is a set in 1922 in outback Australia where a racist white colonial policeman (Gary Sweet) used the tracking ability of an Indigenous Australian tracker (David Gulpilil) to find the murderer of a white woman. The tagline is "All men choose the path they walk.'


The film is set in the early 20th century Australian outback, where four men are following an Aboriginal man who has been accused of murder. The characters in the film are referred to by their characters rather than by names, they are:

  • The Tracker (David Gulpilil),
  • The Fanatic (Gary Sweet),
  • The Follower (Damon Gameau),
  • The Veteran (Grant Page) and
  • The Fugitive (Noel Wilton).[2]


The film was shot in the semi-arid, rugged Arkaroola Sanctuary, in South Australia's Flinders Ranges. De Heer used an intentionally small film crew, saying that “It's all a much better process ...”.[3] The film is intercut with paintings by Peter Coad which portray brutal actions not shown, while the lyrics of the soundtrack (written by De Heer) form part of the narrative, and are sung by Archie Roach with music composed by Graham Tardif.[4]



Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes assessed the film at 88% on its tomatometer with an average 7.1/10 rating.[5] Renowned film critic Roger Ebert gave the film three-and-a-half stars out of four calling the film "haunting" and the performances "powerful".[6] David Stratton described the film as "remarkable".[7]

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  1. ^ "Australian Films at the Australian Box Office", Film Victoria accessed 13 November 2012
  2. ^ Wilson, Jake (Winter 2002). "Looking Both Ways: The Tracker". Senses of Cinema. .
  3. ^ "Production Notes (The Tracker)". Vertigo Productions. Retrieved 13 June 2008. 
  4. ^ Ebert, Robert (2006). Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2007. Andrews McMeel Publishing. pp. 708–709. ISBN 0-7407-6157-9. 
  5. ^ "Tracker (2002)". Rotten Tomatoes. 
  6. ^ "The Tracker". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  7. ^ (Retrieved 30 May 2008)

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