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WITASWAN Features Australian Film âLook Both Waysâ in 2006 Program
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 13, 2006
Australian director Sarah Watt will show her new film âLook Both Waysâ at the 2006 WITASWAN program on Saturday, March 18 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema (2828 North Clark Street in Chicagoâs Lincoln Park neighborhood).
Sarah Watt is an award-winning filmmaker who has been working as a writer, director and producer of animation for 15 years. Her acclaimed animation “Small Treasures” (1995;15mins) brought widespread international attention, winning amongst its many honors the âBaby Lionâ for Best Short Film at the Venice Film Festival. That year “Local Dive” and “Living with Happiness” followed, both of which screened widely at festivals and theatrically, winning many Australian and international awards.
Sarahâs hand-painted animated films are distinguished by her comic exploration of personal status set against Australian landscapes. âLook Both Waysâ is her debut feature. Unlike her short films, âLook Both Waysâ is live-action, interspersed with animated sequences. Set over a long, hot weekend, the film presents seven people who are trying to deal with unexpected events. As their paths intersect, they create an intriguing picture which is both intimate and universal.
âI set out to make a romantic comedy,â said Watt, âbut the stuff of most peopleâs lives includes what we think of as tragedies, so ‘Look Both Ways’ ended up a bit of both, I guessâ¦ I tried to keep everything as ârealâ as I could, to allow people to receive the film as a part of their own experience, to bring their own lives to it and enjoy it that way.â
âLook Both Waysâ has already received praise from the Australian Film Institute, including Best Film, Best Direction, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Support Actor awards, in addition to the Discovery Award from the Toronto International Film Festival jury. It was also named the 2005 âFilm of the Yearâ by the Australian Catholic Film Office.
âLook Both Waysâ was shown in Chicago last October as a part of the 41st annual Chicago International Film Festival. Kino International, the filmâs US distributor, will be opening the film theatrically in Los Angeles and New York in April, with additional engagements planned around the United States this spring.
The 2006 WITASWAN program was organized by the members of AAUW-Illinois (the American Association of University Women) and IWPA (the Illinois Womanâs Press Association), with the proud support of the Australian Consulate-General Chicago.
This is the second WITASWAN program, timed for Women’s History Month. The first program was held on March 19, 2005 at the Chicago Cultural Center. The acronym WITASWAN stands for âWomen in the Audience Supporting Women Artists Now.â
WITASWAN is an Illinois-based initiative dedicated to building international support for women filmmakers. WITASWAN members believe that âLook Both Waysâ is an excellent choice for Womenâs History Month, because it captures the vision and voice of an important new female filmmaker. The Australian Consulate-General in Chicago is supporting this event by arranging for Sarah Watt to speak to the group, introducing each film and then taking questions from the audience at the end. She will talk about women in the film industry in general as well as specific topics germane to her craft.
For more information, visit http://www.films42.com/witaswan/march-06.asp.
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