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LOOK BOTH WAYS. REVISION SESSION Tuesday, October 26, 2010. Exam Requiremnts. Respond to this section second, after Section C Read and digest the topics VERY carefully, be aware of the FOCUS of the questions and what TYPE of questions they are

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Look both ways



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Exam requiremnts

Exam Requiremnts

  • Respond to this section second, after Section C

  • Read and digest the topics VERY carefully, be aware of the FOCUS of the questions and what TYPE of questions they are

  • Your response should NOT be under 2 pages. Aim for 3-4 pages

How to score a 9 or 10

How to score a 9 or 10

  • Demonstrates a close and perceptive reading of the text, exploring complexities of its concepts and construction.

  • Demonstrates an understanding of the implications of the topic, using an appropriate strategy for dealing with it, and exploring its complexity from the basis of the text.

  • Develops a cogent, controlled and well-substantiated discussion using precise and expressive language.

Focus of the topic

Focus of the topic






Types of topics

Types of topics

  • QUOTE – you do not have to repeat the quote in your response, but you MUST acknowledge its meaning and context

  • TO WHAT EXTENT DO YOU AGREE? – Do not be tempted to include yourself or become argumentative. Don’t sit on the fence but also allow yourself to discuss multiple interpretations

Types of topics cont d

Types of topics (cont’d)

  • HOW DOES THE AUTHOR – Asking you to reference the construction of the text, to use the novel’s conventions and author’s style as the basis of your discussion.

  • DISCUSS – Present the most sophisticated ideas in a discursive fashion

What not to do

What not to do

  • Be argumentative

  • Be judgmental

  • Be complimentary to the author

  • Ignore parts of the topic

  • Retell the plot

  • Try and use everything you know

Example topic 1

Example Topic 1

  • ‘Look Both Ways’ suggests that facing up to responsibilities is a fundamental tenet of human experience. Do you agree?

  • Focus = Values

  • Type = Take a stance but acknowledge other opinions

Example topic 2

Example Topic 2

  • How does the director, Sarah Watt, convey the importance of looking both ways in her film Look Both Ways?

  • Focus = Values

  • Topic = How - construction



  • Identify FOCUS and TYPE of topic

  • Identify key terms in topic

  • Brainstorm the MOST sophisticated ideas, not necessarily the most rehearsed or easiest

  • Determine paragraph ideas

  • Link Quotes, Values and Structural Features to your ideas



  • CINEMATOGRAPHY - Julia and train driver often shot from another room/outside

  • EDITING – Scene 5 – Young attractive woman preening in mirror – cut to Meryl watching her, possibly depressed those days are gone – cut to 2 older fatter woman changing. We should look both ways for perspective

  • SETTING – Adelaide not Melb or Sydney – smaller town feel. Real, normal life. Claustrophobic, ugly industrial estates, clutter. Relentless heat.

Construction cont d

Construction cont’d

  • DIALOGUE – Meryl talks too much – babbles. Train driver + family & Julia don’t talk but still communicate

  • PHOTO MONTAGES/ANIMATIONS – Be specific. Meryl’s imaginings can be broken into 3 distinct groups – Accidents/unexpected death, water-based ideas of drowning in her own life, the Indigenous boys. Similar story w Nick

  • SYMBOLISM – water as cleansing, refreshing, renewing

  • birds – punctuate diff stories, represent freedom compared to people

  • - moon – we’re all under the same moon. We all look up at it

Construction cont d1

Construction cont’d

  • MUSIC – lyrics often mirror plot eg. ‘Crashing’ by Gersey “If I slipped into the quiet” – shows Julia grieving

  • TONE – At times bleak, at times optimistic

  • STRUCTURE – Series of vignettes, self contained but woven together

  • GENRE – Watt describes LBW as a seriocomic narrative

Ideas issues themes


  • HONESTY – People lie and skirt round the truth for a variety of reasons.

  • ‘But dishonesty, like excessive and corrosive grief can be a cancer that eats away at the soul’ (Sarah Watt)

  • COINCIDENCE, FATE, DESTINY – Meryl wonders if she has control over her own existence.

  • ADJACENT/PARALLEL WORLDS – Nick’s personal world of cancer is now connected to an adjacent world – death in windows, people at weddings.

  • Anna – depressed – walks through park – refreshed by children at play/sprinkler

  • GRIEF – seven stages

Ideas issues themes cont d

Ideas/Issues/Themes cont’d

  • FEAR IN MEDIA – Media bombards us w bad news. Marketing grief, and the reactions when it becomes more personal.

  • TITLE – see both sides, anticipate what’s coming, look at past and future, look at surface and underneath

  • COMMUNICATION – People don’t always communicate effectively

  • DESENSITISATION – witnessing grief and not feeling it. Being saturated by death or letting it roll off your back – neither are ideal.



  • Be careful not to simplify characters

  • MERYL – Not merely scared of death, scared of not achieving anything, not being happy. Making the wrong decisions

  • ANDY – Not just angry man. Afraid of not being a good dad. Frustrated that men are not understood in the world.

  • Etc.



  • Honesty

  • Resist getting ahead of yourself or becoming overwhelmed by the big picture

  • We need to control our fears/anxieties in order to live

  • Suffering is inevitable but we can’t let it disable us

  • Death can perhaps never be fully understood

  • It is best to accept change and unpredictability

  • People are linked together through common experience

Time to practise

Time to practise…

  • ‘Julia and the train driver only have small speaking parts; however, their roles are crucial to our understanding of the other characters.’ Discuss.

  • ‘The animation and photomontages mean that we learn about Nick and Meryl more than other characters in the film.’ Do you agree?






  • http://aso.gov.au/titles/features/look-both-ways/notes/

  • http://bhs-lookbothways.blogspot.com

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