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Aussie pic ‘Look’ shows long legs

Pic preemed at Adelaide Film Festival in March

“Look Both Ways” has emerged as the surprise hit Aussie pic of 2005, bouncing back into the box office top 20 Dec. 9-11 after 16 weeks in release.

The drama about a man with terminal cancer was made in Adelaide by first-time director and scribe Sarah Watt for A$3.2 million ($2.4 million).

It stars Watt’s husband, William McInnes, opposite Justine Clarke, and was produced by Bridget Ikin, now working at Australia’s Film Finance Corp. as a project assessor.

Pic premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival in March, was released in Oz in August, collected the Discovery Award at the Toronto Film Festival in September and key laurels at the Australian Film Institute Awards Nov. 26.

Distrib Richard Peyton from Dendy Films says “Look Both Ways” is profitable already. He anticipates domestic B.O. will reach $2.3 million, a good result for a title that he says “was under everyone’s radar.”

“Little Fish” was the Oz film carrying all the expectations this year because of its high-profile cast — Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Sam Neill — as well as director Rowan Woods.

That film, made for less than $8 million, has returned $2.7 in 14 weeks.

Kino will release “Look Both Ways” Stateside. Fortissimo Films’ topper Wouter Barendrecht reports other sales to Scandinavia, Benelux, Portugal, Greece, Israel, Brazil and Thailand.

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