Isabelle Fuhrman, Stefanie Martini, Emun Elliott
Rosie Day, Charlotte Jordan (co-writer)
"Tracks" a Short, Beautiful Film
With her directorial debut, young British actress Rosie Day (Outlander; Down a Dark Hall) further announces her creative gifts to the world with the simple, beautiful short film Tracks, a 15-minute short starring Isabelle Fuhrman (The Hunger Games, Orphan) and Stefanie Martini (The Last Kingdom; Prime Suspect 1973) as two women who meet on a train whose lives will be unexpectedly changed forever by their individual journeys intertwined.
Co-written by Day alongside Charlotte Jordan, Tracks tells a meaningful story extraordinarily well. It's a film that leans into the idea that we're all, rather inevitably, connected and our memories and experiences within those connections shape who we are and, in some ways, haunt us. Both intimate and universal, Tracks weaves a tapestry of interconnectedness while also exploring how women are treated in the world.
Beautifully photographed by BAFTA Award-winning cinematographer James Friend, Tracks is mesmerizing from its opening frame and just as beautiful to behold is the master class in quiet, internal acting that unfolds between Fuhrman and Martini. It's never completely clear exactly where their story is unfolding, but your eyes simply never leave the screen.
Day has already proven herself a gifted actress having been dubbed a "Screen International Star of Tomorrow" by Screen Daily and a BAFTA Rising Star 2017 by InStyle. She starred in the Golden Globe-nominated Outlander as Mary Hawkins and recently wrapped Stefanie Myer's latest project, Down a Dark Hall alongside Uma Thurman. With Tracks, Day announces herself as multi-talented and a filmmaker to watch, her eye for visual storytelling obvious and insight into those invaluable silent little moments on the big screen proving to be impeccable.
Alastair Clayton's original score is a sublime accompaniment to the story and supporting player Emun Elliott is memorable in his brief appearance in a film that is otherwise a showcase for Fuhrman and Martini.
While the world continues to cope with a global pandemic, one can only hope that Tracks finds the audience it so richly deserves.
Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic