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Look Both Ways (2005)

  Directed by: Sarah Watt
Written by: Sarah Watt
Starring: Justine Clarke, William McInnes
Links: Look Both Ways on the IMDb
Genre: Drama
Awards: AFI Awards: Best Film 2005 (winner)

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating)
nofreelist.com Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Look Both Ways (2005) is also mentioned in pearly's review of Derwent Envy (1998).

"Been there, done that" - a review by pearly

The short films of Sarah Watt showcased a certain style, along with a clear love of certain themes, including tragedy, internal dialogues, water, and birds. With her first feature film, Watt has taken this experience, and used it as the basis for her new story.

In creative structure, Look Both Ways is similar to Derwent Envy (1998), which used a split system that went from live action to hand-drawn animation, and then back again. In this way, presumably, Watt could use her skills as an artist and animator, without the expense that a lengthy animated film brings.

In subject matter, it brings to mind Living with Happiness (2001), in which the lead character keeps imagining the worst for her young child. The lead character in Look Both Ways, Meryl (Justine Clarke), has just returned from her father's funeral, and is now seeing death around every corner. She imagines herself being hit by trains, or crushed by fallen buildings. Each of these imaginings is brought to life via the animated portions of the film, and then the view switches back to the character, who is unharmed. It is a fairly unique style, however, having seen Watt's short films, which clearly sculpted many of the minutes of this feature, it came across to me a little less uniquely.

It was, in this case, a negative for me to have seen Watt's short films before arriving at the pièce de résistance. Whilst I could tell that people around me in the cinema were finding the whole thing interesting, I felt a little Watt-lag. I can understand that after having made several short films, which rarely get seen by the movie-going public, Watt would have decided to use the best of her material to make into this feature, and that makes perfect sense. Write what you know, and all that. But, personally, this material became a little much for me with just the short films, and though there were a few different things that I liked in Look Both Ways, I'll reserve full judgement of her work until her next feature, when I daresay she'll have moved on to other things (at least, I hope so).

pearly gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 26 Sep 2005

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Reader comments

  1. hve to do it at skool

    Rating given: 9

    A comment from critic on Mon 03 Sep 2007 18:32 #

  2. i did this movie in english at school. it wasn't too bad, a little depressing for brings lots of interesting discussions..

    Rating given: 6

    A comment from Shaun Palmer on Tue 25 Sep 2007 18:28 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 7.50 (2 ratings)

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