Meryl imagines disaster coming from every direction – train crashes, man-eating sharks, baby-eating killer whales … and then there’s Nick.
The most critically acclaimed Australian film of 2005, Look Both Ways is an innovative mix of animation and live action, set over a scorchingly hot weekend, when people dealing with unexpected events find their lives intersecting. Nick visits a doctor for a routine medical and is given a devastating diagnosis but has to wait until Monday for specialist advice. Meryl, returning from a funeral, has until Monday to finish her project or lose her job. Andy is thrown by his girlfriend's ultimatum and has to consider the news of her unplanned pregnancy. The convergence of their paths creates an intriguing picture; intimate, universal and uplifting.
Written and directed by Sarah Watt; produced by Bridget Ikin; associate producer Barbara Masel.
Opening night, Adelaide Film Festival 2005.
Discovery Award: Toronto Film Festival, 2005.
FIPRESCI Award, Brisbane film Festival, 2005.
Special Screening: Critics’ Week, Cannes 2006.
Queensland Literary Awards 2004: Best Film Script.
4 AFI Awards, 2005: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Tony Hayes)
5 Film Critics Circle awards, 2005: Best Film, Director, Actor (William McInnes), Screenplay, Editing
3 IF Awards, 2005: Best Director, Screenplay, Editing
Most Popular Film: Adelaide Film Festival, 2005, Brisbane Film Festival, 2005
Best Screenplay: Mar del Plata Film Festival, 2006
Best Actress (Justine Clarke): Mar del Plata Film Festival, 2006
Critics Award: Rotterdam Film Festival 2006; NatFilm Festival (Denmark) 2006
Audience Award: Best Narrative Feature: San Francisco Film Festival 2006
Best Actress (Justine Clarke): Vladivostock Film Festival, 2006
Audience Award: Womens’ Film Festival, Dortmund, Cologne, Germany 2006
Nominated European Film Academy: Non-European Film Award category 2005