I CAN’T SLEEP, 3min, Ireland, Drama

B33f33e48c posterThis is Lucy’s story.

“I Can’t Sleep” features a dual narrative track, depicting the possible fates of a young girl, Lucy, who leaves State care at the age of eighteen.

In one scenario, she benefits from Focus Ireland’s support and secure housing, in another she is forced to live on the streets, prey to violence and drugs.

More than 500 young people leave state in the Republic of Ireland care every year, too many of them become homeless.

Focus Ireland know that this can be prevented.

Their services are tailored specifically to young people – and they work.

Focus Ireland: “We are driven by the fundamental belief that homelessness is wrong.

Wrong because it is a failure of society that creates victims out of ordinary people and robs them of their potential.

Wrong because it can be prevented, it can be solved but is allowed to continue and in doing so, undermines society”.

The film features U2’s song ‘Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own’ from the 2004 album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, used with the band’s full permission.

Written & directed by Laura Way and produced by bodecii.com/ for focusireland.ie/

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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