Look Both Ways Australian Catholic Film of Year
The jury of the Australian Catholic Film Office has awarded its 2005 Film of the Year to Look Both Ways, directed by Sarah Watt's.
Director of the office and jury chair, Jesuit Priest, Fr Richard Leonard said, "The title of this sombre and slow film is instructive. It looks at both life and death, and many other issues in between - cancer, male suicide, unwanted pregnancy, grief and loss. It does this with a poignancy and quiet desperation rarely seen in Australian films."
Look Both Ways tells the story of Nick (William McInnes), a staff photographer on an Australian suburban newspaper. An ordinary fifty-year-old bloke, his world starts to unravel when at lunchtime on Friday his doctor informs him that he has testicular cancer, with secondaries in the lung and the liver. He needs more tests and immediate treatment.
An unmarried loner, Nick returns to work and tells his boss, who is shaken by the news. Nick tells no one else. He has one more job to do that afternoon, and so he goes out with his journalist mate Andy (Anthony Hayes) to cover the death of a young man who has been run over by a train.
At the scene of the accident Nick meets Meryl (Justine Clark). She witnessed the accident on her way home from her father's funeral. An artist, Meryl is in danger of loosing her job unless she can finish the artwork on the greeting cards she does for a publishing company.
Andy is convinced the man's death was not accidental, but a suicide. But why would the young man kill himself? Over the weekend, and in the midst of their pain, Nick and Meryl have a sexual encounter. Andy learns that his girlfriend is unexpectedly pregnant, and the train driver needs to meet a grieving widow.
"Although a more metaphysical appreciation of life and death is, sadly, lacking in the film, the jury felt that the values of the Look Both Ways made it the stand-out film of the year", Fr Leonard said.
"It is certainly a meditation on how we should love our neighbours as we love ourselves", he concluded.
Look Both Ways is named Australian Film of the Year by the Catholic Film Office for 2005 (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 8/12/05)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Australian Catholic Film Office - Reviews | Look Both Ways
Look Both Ways - Official Site
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9 Dec 2005