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Look Both Ways (2005)

During one unusually hot and tragic weekend, four people struggle after hearing some life-changing news, this in turn brings them together.

Director:

Sarah Watt

Writer:

Sarah Watt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Kostakidis Mary Kostakidis ... SBS Newsreader
Justine Clarke ... Meryl Lee
Daniela Farinacci Daniela Farinacci ... Julia
Robbie Hoad Robbie Hoad ... Rob (as Rob Hoad)
William McInnes ... Nick
Leon Teague Leon Teague ... Doctor
Andrew S. Gilbert Andrew S. Gilbert ... Phil
Anthony Hayes ... Andy Walker
Elena Carapetis ... Maria
Tamara Lee Tamara Lee ... Policewoman (as Tamara Lees)
Andreas Sobik Andreas Sobik ... Train Driver
Lisa Flanagan Lisa Flanagan ... Anna
Irena Dangov Irena Dangov ... Train Driver's Wife
Jacquelynne Willcox Jacquelynne Willcox ... Current Affairs Reporter
Laura Peisley Laura Peisley ... Emily
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Storyline

On a Friday after a horrific train crash, three newsmen in Adelaide must take stock: Nick, a photojournalist, learns he has cancer; Andy, a writer with two children who has a bad relationship with his ex, learns his girlfriend Anna is pregnant; Phil, an editor, realizes he's missing his children's growing up. That afternoon, Meryl, an artist who illustrates sympathy cards and constantly imagines disasters, witnesses a train accident kill a man. At the crash site, she meets Nick, and a relationship flowers over the next three days which makes them both question their lives, wants and needs. Nick's mother, Andy's kids and ex, the dead man's girlfriend, the driver of the train, and his son round out an ensemble of grief and sorrow as each character becomes linked to another through the train accident. Can decisions to act bring hope? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Meryl imagines disaster coming from every direction - train crashes, man-eating sharks, baby-eating killer whales...and then there's Nick. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content and thematic material | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Cinematographer / Director of Photography Ray Argall came out of retirement to shoot this picture. See more »

Quotes

Train driver: I'm the train driver. I'm sorry.
Julia: It wasn't your fault.
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Connections

Referenced in Look Both Ways: Featurette (2005) See more »

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Superb and Sublime
23 July 2006 | by glennnSee all my reviews

I don't give it a 10, because the style is not totally agreeable to me (I'm too old). But this film was a shocking surprise for all its richness. When my friend said "Australian film", I immediately said, "Yes, it's been too long since I've seen one. I always like their films".

I had recently watched the older American film , Grand Canyon, and found apt comparisons. But here's what my companion and I loved about "Look Both Ways" - the characters were real, the scenery real, the main topic (death) made us squirm, but we recognized the reality that we would rather avoid. THe acting was superb, I especially believed Justine Clark as Meryl - her face IS the person who conjures those troubling cartoons. The film, the actors, the scenery was so unpretentious that we could believe it all. The cartoon flashes are peculiar, but we loved the artwork - can we buy copies? Loved the soundtrack too.

Grand Canyon, by contrast, is too clearly a story by a screenwriter, it has the production values of Hollywood (the better side of Hollywood, but still slick), it has well-known, attractive and very good actors. The story flows so well ... but you KNOW you're watching a fictional story that is acted and produced by world class talent. In other words, you cannot mistake it for reality.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 2005 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Jobbra is, balra is See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,430, 16 April 2006

Gross USA:

$105,067

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,586,033
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hibiscus Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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