Look Both Ways

Overview

Preoccupation with disasters and a growing sense of mortality threaten to derail the growing relationship between the witness of a train accident and the reporter sent to interview her in this daring drama from emerging Australian filmmaker Sarah Watt. As the weekend draws near, three troubled souls find themselves faced with pivotal, potentially life-changing events. Though the death of her father still looms heavily in her mind, Meryl Justine Clark is forced to cut short her bereavement in order to focus on a ...
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Overview

Preoccupation with disasters and a growing sense of mortality threaten to derail the growing relationship between the witness of a train accident and the reporter sent to interview her in this daring drama from emerging Australian filmmaker Sarah Watt. As the weekend draws near, three troubled souls find themselves faced with pivotal, potentially life-changing events. Though the death of her father still looms heavily in her mind, Meryl Justine Clark is forced to cut short her bereavement in order to focus on a work-related deadline. While reporter Nick William McInnes awaits the prognosis after being informed that he has testicular cancer, his photographer Andy Anthony Hayes is preoccupied with his girlfriend's unplanned pregnancy. When a train crashes and Meryl is the sole witness to the horrifying event, Nick and Andy are sent to interview her, sparking an unusual affair between the grieving witness and the troubled reporter.
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Special Features

An interview with director Sarah Watt; An interview with Justine Clarke; Stills gallery
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Editorial Reviews

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We've all seen movies where the main character is an artist or illustrator, and his/her drawings come to life as part of the narrative. But how about movies where the drawings involve the main character getting killed in gruesome ways? It could be morbid, or it could be the wonderful blend of tones that is Look Both Ways, a delightful and thoughtful debut from Australian filmmaker Sarah Watt. Although the movie is an ensemble piece at heart, Watt's "main character" is Meryl (Justine Clark), and the title refers to the fact that she sees death around every corner -- that she must "look both ways" to make sure she isn't flattened by a train, either physically or emotionally. An actual train flattening figures into the narrative, as a number of characters are connected by their proximity to an incident that takes the life of a man on the tracks. What truly connects the characters, though, is that they are all wrestling with issues of mortality, whether it's literal (one character learns he has cancer), metaphorical (another wonders if he's wasting his life), or related to someone else's life (a third debates whether or not to bring a baby to term). Look Both Ways isn't depressing, though. At its core it's about people connecting, about people leaning on one another to grapple with life's great and small tragedies. Watt's witty dialogue ensures that her film is whimsical as often as it's thought-provoking, and it's frequently both. The film's one shortcoming may be its reliance on some rather lugubrious pop music, employed too early in the narrative. It's the one way Watt tries to manipulate us into feeling something, but it simply isn't necessary. Just by filtering her ideas through good performances and a satisfying narrative arc, Watt can make us feel plenty.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/5/2006
  • UPC: 738329050221
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kino Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 99,833

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William McInnes Nick
Justine Clarke Meryl Leigh
Anthony Hayes Andy
Mary Kostakidis SBS Newsreader
Daniela Farinacci Julia
Rob Hoad Rob
Leon Teague Director
Andrew S. Gilbert Phil
Elena Carapetis Maria
Tamara Lees Policewoman
Andreas Sobik Train Driver
Lisa Flanagan Anna
Irena Dangov Train Driver's Wife
Jacquelyne Willcox Current Affairs Reporter
Laura Peisley Emily
Alex Rafalowicz Train Driver's Son
Violet Gilbert Phil's Toddler
Jacqueline Cook Miriam
Oliver Gilbert Jasmine, 'Jas'
Miranda Gilbert Sophie
Lucia Mastrantone Cathy
Isabella Reimer Maddie
Jordan Leovic Oliver
Edwin Hodgeman Jim
Maggie Dence Joan
Joshua Clarke Boy In Wheelchair
Sacha Horler Linda
Alirio Zavarce Smoking Cricketer
Craig Behenna Cricket Captain
Taimi Allan Pregnant Mother
Eliza Lovell Scared Mother
Carmel Johnson Charge Nurse
Rocky Feo Father of Sick Child
Philip Spruce Actor
James L. Edwards Waiter
Aaron March Dinner Guest
Annie Lindner Dinner Guest
Daniel Whyte Dinner Guest
Evan Branford Teenager
Joe Weber Milk Bar Man
Technical Credits
Sarah Watt Director, Screenwriter
Ray Argall Cinematographer
Amanda Brown Score Composer
Amanda Brown Score Composer
Leona Cichon Production Manager
Denise Haratzis Editor
Angela Heesom Casting
Julie Hodges Musical Direction/Supervision
Bridget Ikin Producer
Emma Kelly Animator
Edie Kurzer Costumes/Costume Designer
Toivo Lember Sound/Sound Designer
Barbara Masel Associate Producer
Simon McCutcheon Art Director
Andrew Myer Executive Producer
Chris Odgers Asst. Director
Norman Parkhill Musical Direction/Supervision
Andrew Plain Sound/Sound Designer
Pete Smith Sound Mixer
Vicki Sugars Associate Producer
Film Trix Special Effects
Rita Zanchetta Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Look Both Ways
1. Under a Train [8:39]
2. Now You Know [5:25]
3. Long Night [10:41]
4. Chance Meeting [7:57]
5. Questions [6:45]
6. Guilt and Grief [9:46]
7. Anxiety [4:41]
8. Wake Up [9:21]
9. Responsibility [5:27]
10. Awkward Silence [11:30]
11. Close Call [6:52]
12. Forgiveness [9:03]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Look Both Ways
   Play Film
   Chapters
   Extras
      An Interview With Sarah Watt
      An Interview With Justine Clarke
      Stills Gallery
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