Look Both Ways
Look Both Ways is an Australian independent movie, written and directed by Sarah Watt. It was shown in 2005. The film was funded by the Adelaide Film Festival fund where it opened (Wikipedia 2005). It is a sucessful movie and has been shown at the Toronto International film festival (Discovery Award). The genre of this movie are drama and comedy. Look Both Ways takes a look into lives of different people drawn together by this tragic accident on the railway tracks.
Look Both Ways is a meaningful movie. It creates animated fatalism in live action. It is an excellent Australian prodution. It creates meanings about death and life. Also, it is showing relationship of families. There is good interaction with the audience. The animated fatalism is like another film “Frida” using paintings to present to fatalism. Also, the film is not sexy action in the film, but still can tell the audience about the relationship between characters. It is different from Hollywood movies. It makes the audience think and enjoyable. It is about family problems and reality. This film reveals what is actually going on in peoples lives and how they come to terms with it. The film has a very strong and clear idea about the scene in which Meryl and Nick give in to each other at last, even though film schools do not offer classes in how to ones your husband in bed with another woman (New York Times 2006).
It is a mixture of animation and live action. It is set over a hot weekend. Meryl and Nick meet at a train accident. Meryl, is returning from her father’s funeral and has until Monday to finish her project or lose her job. On the other hand, Nick has visited a doctor for a routine medical and he is facing death. Andy 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; intimate, universal and uplifting.
The concept of the film is based on Sarah Watt’s own experience, and background. Sarah had in mind a very urban, industrial look. Sarah shot most of the film around the mixed industrial and neighborhood of Port Adelaide, which also gave the railway connection. (Hibiscus Films Pty Ltd. 2005) The film starts with the train going through a tunnel. In the real world Sarah lives nearby a train station. She wanted to do the shooting in her backyard, but had financial problems. Finally she collaborated with the Adelaide film industry. (abc.net.au. 2005) In addition, this movie is full of Australian culture. There is a cricket competition in the scene which is one of the Australia favorite sports. It can be one of the Australian national identities. It is showing a scene of Aussie side. The most appealing aspect of the film is the casual people next door type premise that allows the audience to relate to their situations. The characters are a mixed bunch, whose lives will intersect and impact upon each other over the course of a hot weekend. Moreover, the drawings in the film are very important. The drawings link the two main character’s relationship. Nick finds Meryl who is holding one of her drawings (grey background with three sharks and her in the sea). The drawings in the film reflected how Meryl was thinking in her life.
Look Both Ways is a poignant film that exposes the funny side of serious topics. The structures follow step by step. The animations have done a great job to show the horror or disaster of things in the real world. For example, Meryl images the train accident, that she was hit by a car and a shark eaten her. The animations directly give the sense of it is Meryl’s imagination. She is a negative person.
Regarding the significance of the title: Look Both Ways, is a sign on the road. The title of Look Both Ways is the theme, to catch attention of the audience and make them think.
The dialogue is easy to understand. The...