Seamus O’ Donnell checks out The Young Offenders, which screened at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh.
The Young Offenders, directed by Peter Foott, premiered, and was greeted enthusiastically, at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh. The plot revolves around the friendship of two teenage lads in Cork city who set off on their bikes down the coast in search of a bale of cocaine washed ashore in the hope of making their fortune. Hot on their wheels is Sergeant Healy determined to add another catch to his collection.
The pace at times is furious and the dialogue colourful and witty earning many a laugh along the way. Issues such as single-parent families and the complicated relationships of those concerned are touched upon that provides drama to a film that seems at times rather hard to believe; that being a police Sergeant pursuing the boys on bicycle rather than in the comfort of his car.
This gives the film an overall sense of slapstick humour, in word and action, although punctuated by the real-life tragedies that beset its central characters, played well on the whole, especially the two young leads, but certain characters are not so convincing.
PJ Gallagher makes an appearance as a suitably deranged villian with a nail-gun that only adds to the madness in a film that could also be called Fear and Loathing in County Cork.
The Young Offenders screened on Friday, 8th July 2016 as part of the Galway Film Fleadh.