Australian Embassy

Australian Film to Star at APEC 2006 Film Festival in Vietnam

MEDIA RELEASE on 29 September 2006


HANOI - The Australian Ambassador to Viet Nam, Mr Bill Tweddell, today welcomed the announcement that an Australian film Look Both Ways by young Australian director Sarah Watt had been selected for the APEC Film Festival 2006.

The APEC Film Festival will be held from 6- 23 October 2006 in Ha Noi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City.

Mr Tweddell said Look Both Ways was Ms Watt’s debut feature film after a successful career as a maker of animated films. It is an intriguing and charming film which combines live action and animation. It has won numerous awards including the Discover Award at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival.

The film is a contemporary story set in Adelaide, South Australia, which explores the cross-currents and emotions of the lives of a small number of people.

“It is especially pleasing that we are able to show such an excellent Australian film to the people of Viet Nam during their year as the host of APEC,” Ambassador Tweddell said. “We hope that audiences will enjoy Look Both Ways and, through it, gain a deeper appreciation of contemporary Australian culture.

“Since its inception in Australia in 1989, Australia has been a very strong supporter support of APEC as a regional forum for promoting trade and investment liberalisation and economic growth among its 21 member economies.

“Australia will take over from Viet Nam as host of APEC in 2007, and looks forward to carrying on the excellent achievements of the Vietnamese Government this year,” he said.

Look Both Ways will be shown in:
Hanoi: The National Cinema Centre, 87 Lang Ha Street on Thursday 12 October.

Danang: Le Do Cinema, 46 Tran Phu Street on Tuesday 17 October.

Ho Chi Minh City: Thanglong A Cinema, 19 Cao Thang Street, Dist. 1 on Sunday 22 October.

Enclosed, please find a press kit (English) for Look Both Ways.

Following is link to a review by David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz