Friday, July 29, 2005

Director’s statement

“I remember sitting on a train, thinking about what my fellow travellers weren’t revealing to me … whether they were on the brink of something wonderful or something terrible, whether anyone is ever in neutral mode … whether knowledge held by one person could potentially help another.

“I also imagined our train hurtling over the pathetically insubstantial railing on the bridge, and into the chemical storage facility below - killing us all in a poisonous inferno. I thought about whether anyone else was feeling the same way.

“I set out to make a romantic comedy, but the stuff of most people’s lives includes what we think of as tragedy, so LOOK BOTH WAYS ended up a bit of both I guess. I like searching for the universal aspects of people’s experience, in both the big and little things. I tried to keep everything as ‘real’ as I could, to allow people to receive the film as part of their own experience, to bring their own lives to it and enjoy it that way.”


- Sarah Watt

36 Comments:

Anonymous Anna said...

I just saw a preview of Look Both Ways, and I'm speechless! I've wanted to see this movie since hearing about it on Australian Story weeks ago, having been touched by cancer like everyone else on this earth. We need more Australian Film like this! Everything was perfect, the storyline, the animation, the music, the realness of it all. We were all captivated, and at the very end, the entire audience had the sudden urge to clap, an experience I've never had at the cinema!

9:58 pm, August 08, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Sarah,
Very close to the bone for me.
I enjoyed the realness.
this movie personally moved me,and told me the ordinary things which happen, happen to all.
i think it was about acceptance and reminded me to keep my sense of humour handy to provide perspective so I can roll with the punches.

thank you I appreciate a movie with courage.

Glynis Conlon

6:44 pm, August 14, 2005

 
Blogger markj said...

Sarah
You wouldn't remeber me but back in another life we used to know each other in Austinmer. I still have one of your colured lino-cuts which i bought from you for the grand sum of $15 as i remember (and it's still has pride of place on my lounge-room wall). I noticed Tricia Hollelly was involved in the paintings used in Look Both Ways...which is the main reason I wanted to contact you. I just got back from seeing the film about 20 minutes ago and thought it was absolutely wonderful. I had loved "Small Treasures" but this is such a mature, complexx, beautifully directed and acted film. I found it funny, clever, visually stunning and very very moving. I went with two friends who are very ho-hum about a lot of movies and they absolutely raved about.
I just wanted to tell you how much I loved the film. It's the best Australian film I have seen in ages. In fact one of the bext films-full stop- I have seen in a while. Congratulations. I look forward to seing your next one.
Cheers
Mark Johnson
P.S I was the gay guy who lived down near the beach at Austinmer. You once gave me a Hard Rock Cafe T-shirt from London which I wore until it fell into rags.

7:42 pm, August 14, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Sarah,I saw your film today in Cremorne. I was very moved by it. I left the cinema a changed woman. The film woke me up, changed my perception on my life. When I came home i looked at it through the lens of your camera and I saw busyness crouding my days, and burring my life and I decided to reach out and dig myself out. I loved the image of flying birds, and the heart opening sequences with green colours and guitar music.
Thank you for courage to speak simply and honestly about things that really matter... Thank you for this film. The best film for me now...Renia

11:55 pm, August 14, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw the movie in the afternoon, went to a party that night, where a friend informed me that she had breast cancer. Had to hold my lips shut not to comment "Cancer Cancer?"

3:49 pm, August 16, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Sarah for your great movie. Having three young children, we seldom have a chance to go out to a movie. I guess we are caught up in real life.. But what a great choice we made to book the baby sitter and go to experience Look Both Ways. "Look both ways" is something I am always telling the kids..

Just one question- The closing images flashed by very quickly at 11:00pm, through moist eyes. My wife thought she saw Nick and Meryl holding a baby. Is that right? Be nice if they were.

Just voted for you at the Lexus IF awards.

Thanks heaps.
Andrew

11:34 pm, August 22, 2005

 
Anonymous BCampbell said...

I had a call from an old friend in Perth recently telling me about the release of Look Both Ways. My friend was warning me not to see it because of the scene where the William McInnes character witnesses the man being run over by a train while attempting to rescue his dog. She was giving me the warning because that's how my husband, Neil Roberts, died in March 2002 near our home in Queanbeyan, NSW. I wasn't sure if there's a suggestion in the film that it may have been suicide. In Neil's case, the coroner strongly ruled against that. As Neil was a prominent artist, there were obituaries printed in all the major dailies including one by David Leser in the SMH & The Age. I'm curious to know, Sarah, if you got your inspiration for this particular plot line from reading one of the obituaries or if it's merely coincidence? I don't want this to be taken as a maudlin question. I've actually begun a very long (nearly 3 year) project that is my way of dealing with surviving Neil's death. It's called 1001 nights cast and is a series of webcast performances for 1001 consecutive nights. The URL, if you're interested to take a look, is http://1001.net.au. I'm currently up to night 93 so still early days. But one of the things the project is structured around is the intersection of fiction and reported events so it's not that I want to give you a hard time or anything, Sarh. No, no, no. In fact, I'd be quite thrilled if any work of intelligence and beauty (as the film is reported to be) can come out of the tragedy of Neil's death.

Perhaps I'll see the film, probably I won't, unless I want to have yet another cry in a cinema. All my best wishes for her future projects.

6:36 am, September 21, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah,

I too have been eagerly anticipating the release of your film ever since watching your story on ABC’s “Australian Story”.
I saw Look Both Ways with my mum, last Saturday and emerged from the cinema a changed person. What an amazing, breathtakingly innovative film. I applaud you and your team. Congratulations!!!!

My mum found out two weeks ago that one of her dearest friends, who is such an amazing lady, had cancer and her prognosis was not good. Not knowing that this disease would play such a major role within this storyline, my mum emerged from the theatre with tears streaming down her face. It was heartbreaking to see her break down like that. We saw the movie on the 17th September and the next day we found out that she had passed away on the 15th September, just five short weeks after being diagnosed…

I would just like to thankyou for bringing such an incredible, moving, optimistic and honest film to the screen. My perceptions of life have changed forever and I have you to thank for this experience.

Cheers, Tara :-)

6:26 pm, September 23, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vivien and Elma
We have see Look Both Ways today in Canberra and beleive it is truly wondrous. Very perceptive, realistic and poignant. Thank you Sarah and crew. We wish you every success with this film.

6:46 pm, September 25, 2005

 
Blogger moonflower said...

Dear Sarah,
I was one of the fortunate people who attended the sydney preview in august. i remember that sunday well as it was the day my mother phoned (she left a message on the voicemail whilst i was watching the film) asking me to come over. i flew to christchurch the next day to be with mum as she was dying of cancer. as i sat with her through those last days i marvelled at the synchroncity in our lives, and remembered the panel discussion after the screening in particular the wise words of Dr Roger Cole. my dear mother passed away two weeks ago and i am now back in sydney returning to a life that will not ever be the same again. during my mother's final hours i could not help but think of how even though here is one person dying, somewhere in the world a baby is being born. yes, look both ways. thank you for producing such a beautiful film, and for allowing it to punctuate such a pivotal point in my life.

6:35 pm, September 28, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband and I just saw the film. We are teachers on holiday (without children) and wanted to see a film that wasn't animated! But what a surprise! Loved the animation and the script. Especially the role of the train driver who had one line, but he and his son said so much. Beautiful. Just what we needed to see right now as parents of young children and teachers of yound people. There is something we can take from this - get on with it, don't wallow and look after yourself. Lee.

6:15 pm, October 06, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought your film was absolutely beautiful. The images were amazing. I loved the way you used such different media to show us, without words, what the characters were thinking. I really do think it's one of the best films I've ever seen and will definitely see it again and again. Thank you so much. Abigail

11:13 pm, October 22, 2005

 
Anonymous Katie said...

Sarah!
Jeez - this is a weird way to get in touch. It's Katie here (from NZ). I'd love to catch up. Tons has happened to me (and to you, obviously) in the last few years. Tom is 20 now, and is coming to Melbourne on 1st December, so look out.
My email is: katie@taylormade.co.nz if you want to get in touch.
cheers!!!

2:59 pm, November 08, 2005

 
Blogger andyd said...

Dear Ms Watt
For some reason I had left seeing your movie until it seemed too late and then yesterday,I saw it was on this morning. While I work (I fear like a madperson) I was enticed to go by/with a very good friend. And so we did - a delicious/bad dog thing to do.
We came back and sat in her car for ages - just talking about your film and the feelings it triggered. And we wanted to say just this: we went in to the cinema in the cold and rain and wind, me feeling slightly bad about doing this during "work time." And when we came out, it was warm and sunny and there was something gentle and promising in the air. Thanks. I am so pleased we did this and that you got the award.
Andrea Durbach/Joanna Kalowski, Sydney

2:09 pm, November 28, 2005

 
Blogger larryrivkin said...

saw this wonderful film in Chicago
and was amazed by it's simple, yet
truthful storytelling.
loved the animation inserts and
seeing just how the characters lives
unfolded.
it was somewhat tough to watch, not exactly uplifting but an important story of life, love, and
lost moments.
make more great films...wish more people
would see these smaller projects

6:22 am, May 15, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ebert and Roeper just gave this film "Two BIG Thumbs Up!". Well deserved - a wonderful film.

Love and respect, DC

2:32 pm, May 17, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Australian film is really leading the way now - this is truly inspirational stuff! Once the word gets around and the true film appreciators let the world know that we have a classic born here then watch the all time great films start featuring this title. What is to come next - one can only guess. Thank you - cinema is daily mundane and only the real gems shine in a skewed artistic perspective.

4:11 am, July 15, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

movie was boring, not enough action.

10:05 am, April 19, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

man i saw your movie, it was a piece of shit, where was all the violence and killins and car chases, you call yourslef a director, go back to school and try and get a bit more education on the topic of film making

10:05 am, April 19, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hope you die, for making a shit movie

10:06 am, April 19, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

u lesbian make a good movie

10:12 am, April 19, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, this is robin here, just like to say i support you lessos all the way, your movie was an inspiration to all lesos out there, doing it hard,

ps please feel free to call me
0407554975

i love you

10:16 am, April 19, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the movie

10:18 am, April 19, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey mine name is jane i love your movie

10:18 am, April 19, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whast up from compton USA me and my bitch ass fools loved your movie keep making them GANSTEr

10:19 am, April 19, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello from germany, i love yor movie like i love the polish from A.H

10:20 am, April 19, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey sarah, its riccardo, here from tassie,just wanted to say i loved your movie as much as i love my sister

10:21 am, April 19, 2007

 
Anonymous Borat said...

hallo my name a borat, how are yow yes? yes? good to heara from yow. I was thinking that this mowvie was a very good but my movie was alot better and it makesa your movie uuhhh how you say, a shit of piss!
thankyow fow your time!
i love yow

p.s maybe yow would like to make a good mowvie some time.. how we say, KOW hf

10:27 am, April 19, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had to watch Look Both Ways, for Year 12 English this year...it honestly isn't the sort of movie I'd normally watch...yet I have now watched it about 5 times...the first time I just thought it was weird...but it makes more sense each time I watch it...

5:53 pm, April 26, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fuck you u piece of shit if u ever spit out shit like this again im gonna come for your ur family and slaughter them with rusty spoons

11:16 am, April 27, 2007

 
Anonymous mc hammer said...

i am currently wishing cancer upon u and your whole lesbian alliance, u rug munchers make me sick bitch get some dick into ya, enough taco more sausage u fagget. i hope u get hit by a train some time soon bitcha u should stfu and get into some wow, aint guiness given u enough dick? did he inject cancer into u? can u od on cancer? fuck that shit would b wack. yeah so back 2 your movie... it was fukin shit and i wouldn't even feed it 2 my dog, i could giv a 2 year old a box of crayons and abit of paper and he couldn't make a bigger piece of shit thatn your movie u cancerous bitch i hope your breasts fill with cancer and explode and your heart stops.
call me if u want some big black dick in your cancerous asshole.
slut im gonna make u wish u never created dog shit like your movie, im gonna gouge out ur eyeballs and skull fuck u until i make a bigger enuf dent in ur brain so u can grasp the basics on how to direct a movie. peace out slutface

1:05 pm, May 15, 2007

 
Anonymous big black mitch said...

hey my name is mitch and i loved you movie just as much as i love to beat my big black cock over pictures of your cancer

1:07 pm, May 15, 2007

 
Anonymous cancerphile said...

hi sarah first time reader long time cancer donater and pedophile. if ur movie was a kid i would rape the shit outta its cancerous asshole.
P.S hi dani

1:12 pm, May 15, 2007

 
Anonymous JiMMy said...

hey this is jimmy here, how are you? very good then. i am currently half way through wathing your shit movie and i am half way through killing my self. if i was an irish man and you were my wife i would beat your face to a bloody pulp. however in this case i would not have to worry about smashing your face in and ending your life beacuse i know in about 2 years your cancer will do the job for me.

1:19 pm, May 15, 2007

 
Anonymous cancer lover said...

shit movie slut

12:52 pm, May 22, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im studying "look both ways" this tear in tear 12 and i love it, it has alot of meaning and realness to it and reflects soo much to peoples' everyday lives. great movie and still gets to ne even after the 4th time watching.

take care

11:09 pm, August 28, 2007

 

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