Laura Marie Wayne is a musician, scholar and filmmaker from Calgary. She is the first Canadian to graduate from Cuba's renowned cinema school (EICTV) and is the director of Love, Scott (76' 2018), the heartrending documentary which opened to critical acclaim at London's BFI Flare festival and made waves across Canada after premiering at the Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto.
Laura works as a documentary director, cinematographer and editor. She holds degrees from Mount Allison University (Canada) and the University College London (UK).
Following the journey of a young gay musician who is attacked and paralyzed from the waist down, Love, Scott is an intimate and visually evocative window into queer experience, set against a stunning score by Sigur Rós.
In October of 2013, Scott Jones left the bar to walk home, unaware that his life was about to be irrevocably altered. Turning the corner up a street in small town Nova Scotia, Scott was viciously attacked and left paralyzed from the waist down; what follows is a brave and fragile journey of healing and the transformation of a young man’s life.
Accompanying Scott for three years after he was attacked, the film takes us on a poignant and thought-provoking journey as Scott navigates the aftermath of his attack, learns to move through life in a wheelchair and explores forgiveness for his attacker.
At it’s heart, Love, Scott is a story of transformation – bittersweet - at once the death of who Scott was and the birth of a new way of being. Bearing witness to this process, Love, Scott is a finely woven cinematic journey, threading together the most poignant moments captured over three years of filming and pointing us towards the possibility that indeed, “the wound is the place the Light enters us.”