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Look both ways - William McInnes, Justine Clarke, Anthony Hayes, Sarah Watt

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Movie propaganda

Disaster is everywhere.

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 (William McInnes) visits a doctor for a routine medical and is given a devastating diagnosis but has to wait until Monday for specialist advice. Meryl (Justine Clarke), returning from a funeral, has until Monday to finish her project or lose her job. Andy (Anthony Hayes) 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, both intimate and universal.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Australia train accident death drama relationship photograph painting Adelaide heat summer love pregnant sex

Persons of interest

  • Justine Clarke .... Meryl
  • William McInnes .... Nick
  • Anthony Hayes .... Andy Walker
  • Lisa Flanagan .... Anna
  • Andrew S Gilbert .... Phil
  • Daniella Farinacci .... Julia
  • Sacha Horler .... Linda
  • Maggie Dence .... Joan
  • Edwin Hodgeman .... Jim
  • Andreas Sobik .... Train driver
  • Sarah Watt .... Screenwriter
  • Sarah Watt .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

If a picture is worth a thousand words then Look both ways is worth a thousand pictures. While the story is pretty obvious - and there are more cinematic clichés than you can poke a stick at - this Little Aussie Gem™ still manages to make you feel good about the end.

For the most part this is a romance. Fortunately, it is cut, hacked and slashed to pieces then woven back together like a patchwork quilt; doubly fortunate is that the end result is much greater than the sum of its parts. This is real life: chaotic, confused, badly communicated yet full of meaning. Understanding is not handed to you on a plastic tray ("Would you like fries with that?") like Hollywood romances, it is plucked from a vine, washed, chilled, peeled and - only when you are going sour on the whole deal - popped into your waiting mouth, a sweet, juicy morsel of comprehension.

But enough with the extended metaphors, Look both ways succeeds in what Me and you and everyone we know attempted. Bold statements intercepted by multimedia presentations, informed by human tragedy.

And you get to see William McInnes in a pair of jocks. What more could you ask for?

Media intelligence (DVD rental)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Commentary: Sarah Watt, William McInnes, Justine Clarke
    • Trailers: Australian, International

Media intelligence (DVD retail)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Disc 1:
      • Commentary: Sarah Watt, William McInnes, Justine Clarke, Barbara Masel
      • Trailers
    • Disc 2:
      • Documentaries: Looking closer - An insight into the animation, VFX, editing and music
      • Galleries:
        • Artwork by Sarah Watt
        • Production stills
      • Interviews: Sarah Watt
      • Short film: Living with happiness by Sarah Watt
      • Study guide
    • Disc 2:
      • Short films by Sarah Watt

Security censorship classification

M (Mature themes)

Surveillance time

100 minutes (1:40 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 18 August 2005
DVD rental: 1 February 2006
VHS rental: 1 February 2006
DVD retail: 21 June 2006
DVD retail: 6 September 2006 - 3-disc special edition

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