Look Both Ways

Synopsis: 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?
Director(s): Sarah Watt
Production: Kino International
  22 wins & 19 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

Cup of tea, mom?

Good evening.

Dozens of people are feared dead

and many more have been injured,

after a packed commute

train derailed, and...

brought down a tunnel near

Anno Hill a short time ago.

Emergency services crews

are working to free...

people trapped in carriages

beneath tons of rubble.

Their efforts are being hampered

by the collapse of the tunnel.

and Australians face a scorching weekend

with little relief before Monday.

So, what are my chances?

Look, I really don't

think there's any point...

in speculating that sort of way.

A specialist will tell

you more on Monday.


Come on, what?

I've got cancer.

A skin cancer or something.

Testicular cancer.

And in my lungs,

and I don't know where else yet.

What does that mean?

I don't know.

You went for a travel medical!


-Now, don't laugh.

Tell me where you're going.

Which hospital?

Everyone will cheap in,

and we'll send some

flowers or something.

Look, you go home.

I'll sort everything out here.

Andy, can you do art

story for this week?

What's this?

Do you know how many supposedly...

accidental deaths could

have been suicides?

Over a hundred in this state.

Do you know how many of those were men?

- 76%.

- Arts story.

Do you know how many of those...

were doing art story at

the time of their accident?

Please go to these things this time,

because I find it lifts the

tone of the pieces a lot,

if the writer has some

glimmer of knowledge.


Andy Walker. Arts story.

- Nick,

- Yes?

- That your rig, yes?

- Yes.


No, I just...

I just need to get home.


Someone's gone under a

train right near your place.

It's on the way.

His dog was on the

other side of the track.

He called it, and...

Then he heard the train,

and he realized that the

dog would come to him.

And maybe get run over.

He ran across to the dog, but...

Then he tripped, and...

I couldn't see anymore.

Did you actually see him trip?


Well, no.

He must have tripped.

It seemed like the

train was going slowly,

but there is the bend.

And they don't go that slowly.

It just kept coming, like...

Like a freight train!

Do you know this dog?

Yes, it's my dog.

What's your name?


I'm up for off, mate.

Did you get my slant?

Guy could have tripped.


- See you tomorrow.

- Yes?


Are you following me?

No, I'm just stopping in the shops.

- You want a hand with that?

- No, it's fine, tank you.

You've been on a holiday?

- No, I've been to my parents' place.

- That's nice.

- My dad died.

- Now, that's awful!

I don't know.

It's the natural order

of things, isn't it?

And there's always somebody worse off.

You know, somebody whose

mother or father...

or brother have all died

and their house burns down.

- Sorry, I don't know what I'm talking.

- It's the shock.

Of course! Telling

you my star sign next.

- I'm just down here.

- Oh, well...

Maybe it was meant to be.

He might have been a

rapist axe murderer...

about to commit his first

crime, or something.

Maybe the right thing happens.


My star sign.


Nice to meet you.

Maybe it was meant to be.



You alright?

You look great.

What's that?

It's the pregnancy test.

Are you sure?


I haven't seen you for a month.

I know.

- I've presumed I've been dumped, but...

- I didn't dump you! I've been busy!

I don't know how you can still smoke,

doing what you do.

Did you do this on purpose?

Why would I do that?

I don't want...

I don't want a baby.

I just thought you should know.


Now I know.

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Sarah Watt

Sarah Ann Watt (30 August 1958 – 4 November 2011) was an Australian film director, writer and animator. Born in Sydney, Watt completed a Graduate Diploma of Film and Television (Animation) at the Swinburne Film and Television School (now Victorian College of the Arts), Melbourne in 1990. Her student film "Catch of the Day" was to reflect the style of future work. In 1995, she directed a short film, Small Treasures, which won Best Short Film at the Venice Film Festival. In 2000, she made a program for the SBS series Swim Between the Flags called "Local Dive". It was made concurrently with another project that she was directing called "The Way of the Birds" based on the 1996 book of the same name by author Meme McDonald. She received the Australian Film Institute's award for Best Director for her 2005 film Look Both Ways.Watt returned to the Victorian College of the Arts School of Film and Television to teach animation and was to assist in the development of many animators including Academy Award winner Adam Eliot in 1996. Watt was instrumental in the development of scripts for all of her students, but left the School to further develop her own projects, returning on occasion as a script and final production assessor. Watt was also a published author, she wrote and illustrated the picture book Clem Always Could and co-authored Worse Things Happen at Sea with William McInnes.During the post-production of Look Both Ways, Watt was diagnosed with cancer. Her second film My Year Without Sex was released in 2009. She died on 4 November 2011 after suffering for six years with breast and bone cancer, aged 53.Sarah Watt was married to actor William McInnes. They have two children, Clem (b. 1993) and Stella (b. 1998). more…

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