Six days after its Australian premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival on October 10, John Curran's Tracks will screen at the Australian International Movie Convention.

Screen Australia and Australian distributor Transmission Films are keen to gain the support of exhibitors as a primer for the adventure/drama's release next March.

Mia Wasikowska stars as Robyn Davidson, the then 25-year-old Queenslander who embarked on a 2,700 km trek across the outback with four camels in 1977. Adam Driver (HBO's Girls) portrays Rick Smolan, the American photographer who documented the journey for National Geographic.

The Weinstein Co. bought North American rights after its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

The film will screen at the movie convention at Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Gold Coast on October 16. As a warm-up, producer Emile Sherman, Davidson and Smolan will discuss the film following the Box Office Awards lunch that day.

The convention opens on October 13 with the Australian premiere of Captain Phillips, the Paul Greengrass-directed drama which stars Tom Hanks as the captain of the US container ship Maersk Alabama, which was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. Sony launches the film on October 24.

Arts Minister Senator George Brandis will give a keynote speech on October 14. On October 16 KPMG partner Bernard Salt will speak on Managing and Engaging Generation Y: How demographic shifts are changing the mass market in Australia. Salt describes Generation Y as "anti-hierarchical and looking for chaotic connection" and he will outline society's move towards becoming more aspirational and more global.

Among the others films screening are Last Vegas, which stars Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline as pals who head to Sin City to celebrate the engagement of the group's sworn bachelor; and Stephen Frears' Philomena, which casts Judi Dench in the true story of a woman who searches for her son who was taken away from her as a baby by the Catholic Church.

Also showing are Dallas Buyers Club, which stars Matthew McConaughey as an AIDS sufferer who smuggled alternative treatments into the US from Mexico, challenging the medical and scientific community; and Cuban Fury, a comedy about a former child salsa star who has to face his demons to have any chance of wooing the woman he loves, featuring Nick Frost, Chris O'Dowd and Rashida Jones.

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