Sarah Watt passed away in November (11) after a long battle with breast and bone cancer, and five months on from the tragedy, McInnes has now spoken about his loss.
He tells National Features, "It's an odd feeling of being abandoned and marooned, but it's no one's fault and it's just a new way of living your life. That can be terribly hard to comprehend, especially when it's sort of public.
"It's not that you don't laugh or you stop having fun or enjoying life, you just know something's not quite right. Sometimes it's just too hard and you can't deal with it and you just feel like jumping in a hole."
Paying tribute to his late wife, he adds, "There are lots of people who go through these sorts of things and it's not anyone's special cross to bear. I know one thing - lots of people bang on about heroes as the sort of people who've got their portraits hanging in galleries, but you know what? When you're facing a serious life-threatening, or terminal illness, those people are courageous beyond description."
The director passed away on Friday (04Nov11) after a long battle with breast and bone cancer.
Her family published a tribute in The Age newspaper praising Watt for living "a life of courage, humour, intelligence, generosity, honesty and grace".
The piece added that she "died peacefully at home filled with the love she gave to those who adored her - her family".
Watt is best known for her feature films My Year Without Sex and Look Both Ways, which starred her actor husband William McInnes.
The Look Both Ways filmmaker, who is married to actor William McInnes, overcame breast cancer seven years ago and in 2009, the couple threw a party to celebrate five years since she received the all-clear for the disease.
However, just weeks after the bash, the filmmaker discovered a sore area on her ribs and doctors revealed the cancer had spread.
The star has now opened up about her condition, admitting she is trying to make the most of every day she has left.
She tells Woman's Day, "I don't know when I will have to go. I give myself small aims. Get through the summer, get through the winter...
"I hope when my time comes I'll be at home. William will be there, and offer me a cup of tea, and when he's making it I will drift off into a nap, then into the longest nap. And William will bring the tea back and it won't be sad."
Ape descendant Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) gets yanked from the Earth by best friend and alien Ford Prefect (Mos Def) seconds before a Vogon constructor fleet destroys it to make way for a hyperspace expressway. Next thing he knows Arthur is aboard the Vogon ship reading the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (voiced by Stephen Fry) and wondering where he might get some tea. But he and Ford are not in the clear: the Vogons (some of whom look like the nightmarish drawings of Ralph Steadman come to life in S&M leather) want to throw them into the vacuum of space right after they read some of the third worst poetry in the known universe. Luckily the spaceship Heart of Gold picks up the stranded hitchhikers in the nick of time. Stolen by the dim but groovy President of the Galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox (Sam Rockwell) the ship has an Improbability Drive that causes certain mischief turning the stowaways into loveseats and later two missiles into a bowl of petunias and a sperm whale. Also onboard is doe-eyed Earth girl Tricia "Trillian" McMillan (Zooey Deschanel) who previously ditched Arthur at a costume party on Earth to satisfy her wanderlust with Zaphod. The crew then embarks on a quest to find the Ultimate Question to Life the Universe and Everything after supercomputer Deep Thought (voiced by Helen Mirren) found the answer: 42. On the run and without a home Arthur discovers that life's true meaning comes from the answers found within.
The slapstick antics and sharp dialogue evoke enough laughs to make one forget that the characters are rather one-note. Rockwell's Zaphod is a riot at first but the cheeky smile and devilish winks soon wear thin. Deschanel has little to work with playing Trillian though it's fun watching her wield a point-of-view gun on Zaphod. Mos Def mumbles some lines but does manage to act like someone from another planet. Freeman does an amiable job playing the fish-out-of-water Earthman but neglects to express the grief and bewilderment of someone who just lost his planet. Even John Malkovich as Humma Kavular--the spiritual leader of a cult awaiting the arrival of the Big Handkerchief--fails to make much of an impression in his brief appearance. Only Alan Rickman as the perpetually glum robot Marvin and Bill Nighy as the stammering planet designer Slartibartfast remain funny without becoming routine--though unfortunately Nighy only appears in the third act. A half-cocked romance between Arthur and Trillian is thrown in for good measure with the couple merely going through the motions.
Directed with considerable flair by first-timer Garth Jennings whose frantic visual style blends well with Adams' ironic wit the film looks as good as can be. CGI is used to display Adams' universe in ways never seen before: The massive concrete slabs of the Vogon fleet surrounding Earth the Heart of Gold tricked out in 1960's Formica kitsch the stark bureaucratic world of Vogosphere and the eye-popping factory floor on Magrathea are all vividly brought to life. Although the graphics of the Guide look more like Internet pop-up ads than stellar entries from the best-selling book in the galaxy the exposition from the Guide is clever and amusing though one should brush up on the material prior to viewing. Even with all the stunning visuals however the plot is still thin. Jennings and screenwriter Karey Kirkpatrick (Chicken Run) have trimmed the story--and witty banter--to its barest essentials leaving out some of the funnier bits to quicken the pace. Memorable exchanges--like the opening battle of wits between Arthur and Mr. Prosser--are reduced to a few meaningless lines while the always hinted-at love affair between Arthur and Trillian gets the full Hollywood treatment. In the past Adams who died of a heart attack in 2001 has allowed the Guide to change and progress with each incarnation so new additions--like the point-of-view gun and the cult of the Big Handkerchief--are welcomed. But the patchwork of wacky vignettes and neutered banter particularly between Arthur and Ford leave one yearning for something more meaningful.