The Father of the young daughter is portrayed as the stubborn racist father. He opens the movie by him singing a sad song about loss and pain he feels “I have nothing – ANYMORE”. When he finds out his daughter had disappeared he calls the police and friends to help him find her. But too blind and proud to realize how important the “black tracker” can be, he rejects his help and forbids him to ever step on his land ever again. This racist act disallowing the “tracker” to help causes him to go himself to randomly scout the landscape for his daughter. He realizes how hopeless this is once a few days had past, this is shown by his distressed and shattered face, also by his release of raw emotion upon the mountain/cliff.
Day after day he comes back with nothing but guilt, he begins to show regret in his eyes. He then attempts to drown himself in alcohol, trying to forget bout what has happened but only for a while, realizing it is only making it worse he gives up.
When he sees his wife leave and come back with the tracker and the lost child he is absolutely shattered, his face shows pain, distress and unbearable guilt. He realizes his stubbornness had killed his own daughter. The next day in the movie it repeats the opening scene with the father singing the sad song. The audience then realise it has been a recount, singing about how it his fault and the pain and guilt he feels. He walks outside not even saying a word to his wife, he kills himself.
The Mother of the young girl is conveyed to have suffered the most through her inner journey as well as physical, pushing herself to do whatever she can, she shows this pain through out the movie by crying and resorting to whatever she has to do to get her daughter back. This Suffering is emphasized ed by the magical calm scene in the beginning, were her and the daughter are laying down singing about how beautiful and magical the moon is; this gives us the strong feeling of a typical fairytale mother daughter relationship.
This Loss of the girl causes her to become very quiet and depressed. Hey emotional journey also continues in her sleep by nightmares showing that the only person that can find her is the “black tracker”. The dreams she has and the pain she goes through makes her resort to getting the “black tracker” to help her, even betraying her husband.
At this point the mother’s love for the husband fades and hatred of his stubbornness towards getting help from the “black tracker”. When the daughter is found the mother’s “inner journey” is at its climax, with the shock, pain, stress and disbelief causing her to almost scream in pain.
This realization of how fast the “tracker” found her makes her not feel anything for the stubborn father and so allows him to tragically kill himself at the end.
The Aboriginal “Black Tracker” is shown to be less affected but truly experiences the most agonizing inner journey. He begins with appearing at the families land then almost instantly kicked back off by the racist father, forbidding him to ever appear on his land again. This act greatly affects the “tracker”, he feels he is unneeded and so quits being a policeman. This exclusion of his help tears him up inside, knowing he can find the young girl but forbidden to help he experiences many thoughts and consequences.
The conflict between him and the father is showing by the tension in the music and song duets they have. Always showing opposite points, the audience is shown the Aboriginal is trustworthy, singing “land is ME” while father sings “land is MINE”. Showing the Aboriginal is in touch with “the land”.
His urge to help is shown by him always wandering around the families house, tracking which direction the girl might have gone.
The Aboriginal breaks the tension between him and the wife while caught searching the little girls room and giving the wife the girl’s doll symbolizing he feels her pain and he wants to help.
Later he is approached by the wife who finally brings up the courage to betray her husband. He leads her through the country following the girl’s exact tracks. He finds the young girls dead body, on the edge of a cliff. He comforts the wife while she mourns, showing how gentle the Aboriginal is.
His journey ends when he comforts the wife once again at the girl’s funeral/burial.