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Peter Foott

The Young Offenders

Ireland 2016

In English with English subtitles

83 min

For audiences aged 12 and above

An Irish buddy movie that has already set domestic box-office records, this tale of a pair of gloriously feckless 15-year-old aspiring drug dealers has a homegrown charm that is hard to resist. Conor (Alex Murphy) and Jock (Chris Walley) have something of the clueless, deadbeat appeal of Lenny Abrahamson's junkie chancers Adam & Paul, but although the story doesn't flinch from the darker elements - chipper habitual bike thief Jock is covered in bruises from the abuse meted out by his alcoholic father - there's an innocence here that is absent from the bleak black comedy of Abrahamson's picture.
The story is inspired by a real-life event: the seizure of a record amount of cocaine in a drugs bust off the coast of Cork. In this spin on the story, our opportunistic but hapless heroes set off across country on stolen bikes to help themselves to one of the bales of drugs that they imagine are littering the shore.
Wendy Ide / The Guardian
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Director: Peter Foott

Peter Foott (born in 1976) is an Irish director, screenwriter and producer who has previously worked on short films and television. The Young Offenders is his debut at the big screen. The Irish Film and Television Academy recently awarded Foott for Best Script.

Screenplay: Peter Foott
Cast: Alex Murphy, Chris Walley, Hilary Rose, Dominic MacHale, P.J. Gallagher, Shane Casey, Pascal Scott, Judy Donovan, Michael Sands, Ciaran Bermingham, Stephen O'Connor, Cora Fenton
Production: Peter Foott & Julie Ryan / Vico Films
Sales: Carnaby International Sales & Distribution