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‘The Young Offenders’ Secures Second International Distribution Deal

Posted by Larry Gleeson

By Nathan Griffin

Carnaby International is the latest distributor to acquire the Irish box office hit The Young Offenders.

The Irish cocaine comedy, The Young Offenders, has already successfully grossed over €1mscreen-shot-2016-11-06-at-10-51-19-am domestically and is now set to be distributed in a number of countries internationally, following Vertigo Releasing’s acquirement of the film late last month.

The UK Film and Distribution Company obtained the sales rights for Canada, US, UK and Australian/New Zealand in October after the movie’s hugely successful opening weekend.

The film took in €202k on its opening weekend and ranks as the most successful Irish film of the year. It has also become the fastest grossing Irish-made film to reach the coveted €1m milestone, placing it alongside Irish classics such as The Guard and Man about Dog.

In the film, Writer-Director Peter Foott showcases Irish acting debutantes and leads, Alex Murphy and Chris Walley who are supported by Hilary Rose (The Republic of Telly) and Comedian PJ Gallagher (Naked Camera).

Inspired by the true story of Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure in 2007, The Young Offenders is a comedy road movie about two inner-city teenagers who look to cash in when a drug-trafficking boat capsizes off the coast of West Cork spilling 61 bales of cocaine.

Carnaby International Sales and Distribution is a UK film company specialising in worldwide sales based out of Soho London and are recognised by all major motion picture and television festivals and markets worldwide.

The deal was brokered by Carnaby International’s Head of Acquisitions, Lorianne Hall, together with Peter Foott of Vico Films.

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(Source: http://www.iftn.ie)

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Vertigo Releasing acquires distribution for The Young Offenders

Vertigo Releasing has acquired distribution rights for The Young Offenders.

The acquisition will allow the film to be seen in the UK, Canada, the USA, and Australia and New Zealand (in addition to Ireland).

The film is based around Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure, which occurred when a boat got in trouble in west Cork. It follows as two hapless young teens decide to go on a trip to find one of the bales of cocaine.

The Young Offenders is a first-time feature for director Peter Foott  and stars young Cork actors, Alex Murphy and Chris Walley.

Peter Foott said of the distribution deal:

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.

The film also stars Hilary Rose (of The Republic Of Telly) and stand-up comedian PJ Gallagher (Naked Camera).

It has grossed over €1m for Wildcard Distribution in Ireland, and is still playing in Irish cinemas.

Rupert Preston and Ed Caffrey of Vertigo Releasing described The Young Offenders as “one of the funniest and freshest films we’ve seen in years”, saying they are “thrilled to be working with Peter to bring the film to a UK and international audience”.

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(Excerpted from http://www.thejournal.ie)