Look Both Ways

Look Both Ways is a 2005 Australian independent film, written and directed by Sarah Watt, starring an ensemble cast, which was released on 18 August 2005. The film was supported by the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund and opened the 2005 Adelaide Film Festival. It won four AFI Awards, including Best Film and Best Direction. The film was selected as a film text by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority for the VCE English Course from 2007 to 2010.[2]

Look Both Ways
Promotional poster
Directed bySarah Watt
Produced byAndrew Myer
Barbara Masel
Bridget Ikin
Vicki Sugars
Written bySarah Watt
StarringWilliam McInnes
Justine Clarke
Anthony Hayes
Music by
CinematographyRay Argall
Edited byDenise Haratzis
Distributed byMadman Entertainment (Australia)
Release date
18 August 2005 (2005-08-18)
Running time
100 minutes
Box office$2.5 million[1]


The film charts the stories of several people over a hot summer weekend in Adelaide. Photojournalist Nick (William McInnes) discovers he has testicular cancer that has spread to his lungs. On his way home he goes to the site of a train accident to report on it, and meets Meryl (Justine Clarke) an emotionally vulnerable artist, who has witnessed a man get run over by a train. Over the course of the weekend, their relationship develops sexually as another chance encounter allows them to discover more about each other; the two gradually allow themselves to let go of their fears and form a meaningful relationship.

Meanwhile, Nick's colleague, Andy Walker, has to deal with the news that his estranged girlfriend, Anna, is pregnant, made more difficult because neither of them really wanted or planned for a baby. Andy also has to cope with his ex-wife, who doesn't trust his ability to take good care of his two children. The lives of Julia (the partner of the man run over by the train) and the driver of the train are explored: Both characters are shown going through the seven stages of grief. The train driver bridges the gap with his estranged teenage son during the course of the movie. The rain at the end of the film symbolizes relief.[3]

The film's credits are complemented by a series of photographs showing Nick and Meryl staying together, eventually traveling together and Nick surviving cancer.



Box office

Look Both Ways grossed $2,969,712 at the box office in Australia.[4]

See also


  1. ´"Look Both Ways (2006)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  2. "Look Both Ways". Teaching Resources. Screen Hub Pty. Retrieved 22 November 2007.
  3. Stitson, Roger (18 August 2008). "Tracking life's disasters". The Age. Melbourne. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  4. "Australian Films at the Australian Box Office" (PDF). Film Victoria. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
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