Veteran Hollywood Actor Signs Up for Irish TV Show


Veteran Hollywood actor Jon Polito (Modern Family, Big Eyes, The Crow, ‘The Big Lebowski) is now officially attached to play a pivotal role in new Irish TV Indie Show, Rising.

Rising revolves around a deadly viral outbreak linked to ValeTech, a shady multinational in bed with a corrupt Irish Government. This speculative fiction follows six citizens, from the most powerful to the most vulnerable, and their struggle to survive when the truth is leaked and the country descends into a dystopian nightmare.

“I play Marty Taylor” Polito says. “He’s an ex-activist who was blacklisted later in his career for trying to expose the corruption at ValeTech. Marty’s a good guy but he battles between his integrity and his ego – the need to vindicate himself. He’s reactive. His emotions get the better of him, but he knows that revealing the truth of a government cover-up to a nation in turmoil could have devastating consequences… So, what will he do?”

On the hundredth anniversary of the Irish revolution against the British Empire, the 1916 Rising, this TV Indie set in a dystopian future-Ireland will be screened online as a five-part web series to a global audience in 2016.

Co-created by Laura Way and Jonathan Hawtrey Clark and produced by Jonathan Farrelly, the new media production reflects some of the circumstances that pre-empted the 1916 Rising and is a modern take on the meaning of ‘independence’ with an overriding theme of ‘nature versus progress’.

Rising, an independent production, is currently raising finance through the, with the campaign now in its final week.  If you’d like to get involved and support Rising, visit



Laura Way’s ‘Jonny Boy’ to screen at Newport Beach Film Festival

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Newport Beach Film Festival (25th April – 2nd May)

Short film Jonny Boy, written and directed by Laura Way, is screening in competition at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Featuring veteran American actor Jon Polito (Seinfeld, Miller’s Crossing), the film tells the story of Jonny, a loving husband who comforts his dying wife Nell (Irene Wright) as she gradually slips away. Determined to reveal the burden that she has been carrying for their thirty-five year marriage, Nell confesses a secret, which opens a door to Jonny’s past, bringing her life, and his, round full circle.

Way, who wrote and directed the award winning short Sugar Stick, also starring Irene Wright, is best known for her work as an actress in Anton, The Tudors and Dearbhla Walsh’s BBC drama, The Silence. She recently completed the Filmbase MSc Digital Feature Film Production Course where she directed one segment of the feature film Keys to the City. Shirley Weir, (Stitch Films), produced and co-wrote the short film with director Laura Way. Funding for the production was awarded by the Irish Film Board as part of the Short Shorts funding scheme, designed to support upcoming filmmakers.

Jonny Boy has enjoyed a successful festival run following its premiere in the Corona Cork Film Festival, screening in competition internationally, including Festival Cine De Huesca, Boston Irish Film Festival and Braunschweig International Film festival, among others.

The film also stars Ronan Wilmot, Daniela Vanasco, Brian Fortune and Kathleen Tierney. Director of Photography was Noah Eli Davis, Post Production Superviser and edited by Frank Reid (Stitch Films), makeup by Lorraine McCrann, Colourist Ian De Bri, original score composed by Rori Coleman.

Jonny Boy screens in the Newport Beach Film Festival on Monday 29th at 8.30 pm.

The trailer for the film can be viewed here:


Irish Short 'Sugar Stick' to premiere at LA Shorts Fest

Sugar Stick, the short film written and directed by Laura Way, is to premiere at the LA Shorts Fest on Tuesday, 28th July. The film’s cinematographer is Paddy Jordan and the score is by Rori Coleman, who is currently collaborating with Bono and The Edge on the Spider-Man musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.

To view a trailer of the film, please click here: