Vertigo picks up The Young Offenders in US, UK, Australia Deal
Following on from its success at the Irish Box Office this week where it crossed the €1 million milestone, Vertigo Releasing in the UK has picked up the smash hit comedy The Young Offenders for distribution in US and Canada, UK and Australia/New Zealand.
The film written and directed by Peter Foott is the highest grossing Irish-made film of 2016 and is the fastest Irish film to break the €1million mark at the Irish Box Office this year.
Rupert Preston and Ed Caffrey 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.”
Foott added: “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.”
Inspired by Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure of €440 million off the coast of Cork in 2007, The Young Offenders follows two Cork inner-city teenagers, Conor and Jock, as they embark on a 160km road trip on stolen bikes in the hopes of finding an unrecovered bale of cocaine. It’s the debut feature from Foott and introduces new acting talent Chris Walley and Alex Murphy in the lead roles with comedians Hilary Rose and PJ Gallagher also starring.
The Young Offenders continues to screen in Irish cinemas this week.