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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.


Sarah Watt


Sarah Watt

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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 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


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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Disaster Is Everywhere See more »


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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Release Date:

18 August 2005 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Jobbra is, balra is See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$164,727 (Australia), 19 August 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$947, 21 April 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$104,756, 3 September 2006
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hibiscus Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The screenplay's development was intense and concentrated. Between late 2002 and the middle of 2003, the film was largely self-financed by the creative team. The film then received development assistance from the Australian Film Commission and the South Australian Film Corporation. See more »


Meryl Lee: Maybe it was meant to be... Maybe the right thing happens.
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Real and brilliant
10 September 2005 | by graceisabellSee all my reviews

With life inevitably comes death and the characters here bring the fear, longing and love of life to us in the most normal, everyday way. This doesn't stop you from walking from the cinema feeling you have just witnessed brilliance. Subtle. Real. Everyday. Normal .... but engaging, wonderful and more than just another movie. This is real life drama without twee, without corn, without a sledgehammer. Running like a railway track throughout the movie is the reality of death which may be around the corner, or a century away, no one knows their final hour, yet everyone finally becomes more aware of its inevitability at some point. The difference lay in how we all deal with this reality. Sara Watt has managed to show us all this and more not only in the dialogue of the movie but in subtle looks, scenes and nuances. It's a rare treat to be considered an intelligent audience.

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