Magazine article Screen International

Look Both Ways Writer/director Sarah Watt Dies of Cancer

Magazine article Screen International

Look Both Ways Writer/director Sarah Watt Dies of Cancer

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Sarah Watt, best known in international film circles for writing and directing Look Both Ways, died at her Melbourne home on Friday.

While it was the extraordinary success of Look Both Ways in 2005 that she will be widely remembered for, the impression was always that leading a creative life and the love of family was much more important to her than a career in film.

Look Both Ways was one of the first films to receive investment from the Adelaide Film Festival and it started its extraordinary run of critical acclaim after opening the event early in 2005 and being subsequently voted audience favourite. Its many acknowledgements included the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for best film and the Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, which hosted the film's international premiere. Watt also earned best director and best screenplay awards at the AFI Awards, the Inside Film Awards and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards.

Look Both Ways sold nearly US$3.1m (A$3m) worth of tickets in Australia and for a small film with no star power, this was seen as a good result: Dendy/Footprint opened it on 17 screens around the country, then widened the release to 50 screens. …

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