Irish movie “The Young Offenders” has just picked up a multi-territory deal after Vertigo Releasing acquires US, Canada,UK, Australia/New Zealand rights on the comedy which has grossed over €1m in the Republic of Ireland.
Writer-director Peter Foott’s (‘The Republic Of Telly’) feature debut stars newcomers Alex Murphy and Chris Walley alongside Hilary Rose (‘The Republic Of Telly’) and stand-up comedian PJ Gallagher (‘Naked Camera’).
Inspired by Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure of €440 million off the coast of Cork in 2007, the film follows two inner-city teenagers as they embark on a 160km road trip on stolen bikes in the hopes of finding missing bales of cocaine.
The film has grossed over €1m for Wildcard Distribution in Ireland, and continues to play in Irish cinemas.
The films opening weekend of €202k was the biggest for an Irish film this year.
In a year that has been praised for quality Irish film, The Young Offenders now joins the ranks of other classics such as The Guard, Calvary and Man About Dog as one of the few Irish comedy films to get a worldwide screening.
It has also taken more at the Irish Box Office than some of this year’s biggest international comedies such as Absolutely Fabulous and Bad Neighbours 2 as well as the Hollywood blockbusters Independence Day Resurgence and Ghostbusters.
Patrick O’Neill, Managing Director of Wildcard Distribution who brought the film to Irish cinemas said:
“We are thrilled with the film’s performance at the Irish Box Office, and that The Young Offenders has been so warmly embraced by Irish audiences.
“I can’t wait to see what Peter and all the cast and crew do next. Hopefully it’s a sequel!”
Peter Foott and Julie Ryan of Vico Films produced the movie with XYZ handling North American sales.
The deal was completed by Ed Caffrey of Vertigo Releasing, Peter Foott of Vico Films and Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films.
Peter Foott said:
“The cast, crew and myself are delighted!
“Having our film reach such a huge audience is incredible and we are so happy it’s Vertigo who are taking us on this journey.
“”We are so incredibly grateful to everyone who took the time to go see The Young Offenders.
“It is the first feature film that myself and most of the cast and crew have made.
“We all dreamed of getting a cinema release, but getting a million in the box-office is just unbelievable.”
Rupert Preston of Vertigo Releasing said:
“The Young Offenders is one of the funniest and freshest films we’ve seen in years and we’re thrilled to be working with Peter to bring the film to a UK and international audience.”