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look both ways

Australia, 2005 (MIFF 2005, Australian Showcase)

Director: Sarah Watt

look both ways
Sarah Watt has a considerable reputation for her award-winning animated shorts. But Watt's astonishing debut feature, [Look Both Ways], marks this talented director's effortless transition to feature filmmaking. This beguiling and skilfully executed film turns on the idea that we all could be but a heartbeat from calamity. Set over a sweltering weekend, [Look Both Ways] portrays some very human responses to barely fathomable personal crises. Through expertly interwoven animation and real-life drama, the lives of seven disparate individuals intersect and become intertwined through the derailing of a train. This tragic event gives rise to some intriguing moments of connection, creating a depiction of life that is both intimate and universal. "Among the many pleasures of Watt's beautifully crafted screenplay is a knack for giving voice to thoughts usually left unspoken. Audiences everywhere will respond to the razor wit and deep emotional chords struck as this collection of troubled souls externalise the internal and muddle their way to happier stations of life." - Variety Sarah Watt, Bridget Ikin and William McInnes will be attending the festival.
D/S Sarah Watt P Bridget Ikin WS Dendy Films TD 35mm/col/2005/100mins Sarah Watt was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1958. [Look Both Ways] (MIFF 05) is her first feature film.

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