Director BIO: Laura Way (I CAN’T SLEEP)

Director Biography – Laura Way

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Laura Way is an actress and director, known for Sugar Stick (2009), The Honeymooners (2005) and Rough Cut (2013).

Director Statement

U2’s emotive lyrics and music were the perfect fit for the imagery of I Can’t Sleep, this film is an insight into the world of a vulnerable young girl who is a victim of circumstance.

I wanted viewers to feel what Lucy is going through, to see through her eyes and to show the vast difference the right support can make in a young persons life.

At 18, young people leaving state care in the Republic of Ireland are legally adults but they still need a home.

Where do they turn when they no longer have one?

Alone on the streets is a terrifying place to be and the people at Focus Ireland know the realities of this.

It is why they are passionate about what they do and are genuinely committed to ending the homeless crisis. Positive change can’t be made unless we know and understand and start talking.

That’s the power of film.

I Can’t Sleep was made by a very small but incredibly hard working and committed team, from cast and crew, the marketing and advertising agencies, everyone at Focus Ireland, our amazing sponsor Bord Gais, U2 who gave us the rights to use their track and a moving performance by Grainne Goode who plays Lucy”.

Bodecii Film is a new production company that creates original, dramatized, branded films and commercial content, as well as developing and producing original and indigenous film and television.

I Can’t Sleep is the first three minute film to be used in a feature length commercial break context in the Republic of Ireland, a result of Bodecii’s remit to produce quality original films in a brand context.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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