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.

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 for