Laura McGann lives by the sea in County Wicklow, Ireland, with her wife and their daughter. Her interest in film was piqued at a young age by both her grandfather who was an avid filmmaker and her grand-uncle who ran cinemas. She started making films and producing theatre when she was 15 and went on to study film in Ballyfermot, Dublin, and then to pursue a master’s in documentary filmmaking at Hope University, Liverpool.
Her first festival short The End of the Counter saw her revisit her grandfather’s films from the 1960s about the moment the first supermarket arrived in Ireland. Made with the support of the Irish Film Board, the film won several awards including the best short documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh and played at international festivals including Boston Independent Film Festival, Dublin International Film Festival, and Belfast Film Festival. Laura has worked in Ireland and abroad shooting and directing over 20 documentary series for RTE, SKY, PBS, BBC, Lonely Planet, and UTV.