Backtrack is a 2015 Australian mystery thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by Michael Petroni. The film stars Adrien Brody, Bruce Spence, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy, Malcolm Kennard, and Jenni Baird.
Troubled psychotherapist Peter Bowers is suffering from nightmares and eerie visions. The loss of his young daughter in a street accident one year ago seems to have triggered his disturbing experiences. He blames himself for her death because of a moment of inattention during which her bicycle was struck by a car. But the store window display which distracted him pays a pivotal role in the events which unfold from that moment forward. He begins receiving exceptionally eccentric patients on recommendation of a mentor figure named Duncan Stewart. He initially ascribes their quirks and oddities to various forms of psychopathology. When he finally uncovers a horrifying secret that all of these clients share, however, he is put on a course that takes him back to the small hometown of ‘False Creek’ that he left many years ago.
Peter’s father is a retired policeman with a penchant for alcohol who continues to live in False Creek. He was on the scene of a train derailment there in 1987 in which many passengers died. Peter has been blaming himself for the tragedy. He remembers carelessly leaving his bicycle on the tracks that night whilst peeping on two lovers in a car. Up until now he has been telling himself that the bicycle caused the derailment. But when he revisits the scene of his guilt he begins remembering a different version of events. This more authentic scenario is one in which his policeman father plays a prominent role. Peter’s father is so obsessed with protecting this gruesome secret that he will stop at nothing to keep it buried. Even Peter himself is not safe. But there is an intervention by concerned individuals which helps to shift the circumstances a little more in Peter’s favor.