Soundtracks of Cinema: ‘True Spirit’

True Spirit Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2023 Netflix Movie

The True Spirit soundtrack includes music by Colbie Caillat, Sheppard and Dotan. This info article contains spoilers and song details for Sarah Spillane’s 2023 Netflix movie. Check out Vague Visages’ Soundtracks of Cinema section for more music guides.

True Spirit stars Teagan Croft as Jessica Watson, an Australian teenager who attempts to sail across the world. Cliff Curtis co-stars as Ben Bryant, the protagonist’s mentor who supports her journey and independence. The storyline follows Jessica as she overcomes several obstacles while pursuing her dreams. Composer Nick Wales (Step Into Paradise) scored the 109-minute Netflix film; music supervisor Linda Cohen (Licorice Pizza) selected the featured needle-drops. Here’s every song in True Spirit, an adaptation of Jessica Watson’s 2010 memoir.

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True Spirit Soundtrack: Every Song in the 2023 Netflix Movie

True Spirit Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2023 Netflix Movie

  • “Walking on a Dream” by Empire of the Sun (00:01:00): Jessica narrates about her childhood. The True Spirit soundtrack song scores the title sequence. Jessica dances while brushing her teeth.
  • “Brighten Than the Sun” by Colbie Caillat (00:17:00): Jessica hugs family members. A montage sequence begins. Jessica and company work on the Pink Lady.
  • “Skies on Fire” by Paper Aeroplanes (00:20:00): The music plays during a fire scene. Jessica hangs out with her sister, Emily (Bridget Webb). They talk about their father.
  • “Geromino” by Sheppard (00:26:00): The True Spirit soundtrack song plays during a sailing sequence. Jessica leaves Sydney in her boat. Roger (Josh Lawson) tells his family that Ben will be tracking Jessica.
  • “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms (00:46:00): A Christmas sequence begins. Roger takes a photo. Julie (Anna Paquin) talks with Jessica on the phone.
  • “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee (00:47:00): A Christmas sequence continues. Ben approaches the Watson home with a gift. Jessica receives a gift from Tom (Stacy Clausen).
  • “Starman” by Sarah Blasko and Nick Wales (00:59:00): The True Spirit soundtrack song is featured during an exterior scene. Jessica sits on the deck of her boat. She sings the David Bowie classic.
  • “Home” by Dotan (01:30:00): The Pink Lady arrives in the Sydney harbor. Julie and Roger hold hands. Jessica continues day 210 of her journey.
  • “I Made It” by Tones and I (01:35:00): Jessica speaks to a Sydney crowd. The real-life subject appears via archival footage. The track plays during the movie’s final moments and end credits.

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The True Spirit soundtrack also includes:

  • “Swim to the Moon” by Cynthia Gillet

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.