Peter Foott to speak to Film In Cork’s Production Club


Peter Foott, whose début feature “The Young Offenders” has been getting rave reviews and packing out cinemas the length and breadth of the country, will be the guest speaker on Thursday, October 20th at the next Production Club session hosted by Film In Cork.


Peter is a filmmaker with prizes from the Venice Film Festival and The Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTA), where he won best TV moment of the year. His debut feature film “The Young Offenders” won Best Irish Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh, which he also produced.


Prior to this he was creator, writer and producer of RTE’s hit comedy show “The Fear”, and a producer, writer and director on RTE’s longest running comedy show “Republic of Telly”. He also directed the music video for The Rubberbandits’ “Horse Outside”.


Peter will discuss his experience of making “The Young Offenders” and will discuss the journey to the big screen and how his experience of the business side of television as an experienced producer informed decisions around getting the film out to the widest audience possible.


Production Club is Film In Cork’s training initiative aimed at local writers, directors and producers and runs regular monthly sessions in the RTE Cork studios.


Please note, attendance at the talk is open to all interested with relevant experience, and whilst there is no charge, booking a place is essential. To book, please email by Wednesday, October 19th.


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Video Interview: Director Peter Foott, Actors Hilary Rose & PJ Gallagher, ‘The Young Offenders’



Gemma Creagh talks to director Peter Foott, and actors Hilary Rose and PJ Gallagher about The Young Offenders, which has achieved the highest opening for an Irish film at the Republic of Ireland Box Office this year.

Inspired by Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure of €440 million off the coast of Cork in 2007, the laugh-out-loud comedy 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.



You can download / listen to a podcast version of the interview:


Irish Film Review: The Young Offenders

DIR/WRI: Peter Foott • PRO: Peter Foott, Julie Ryan • DOP: Patrick Jordan • ED: Colin Campbell • MUS: Ray Harman • CAST: Hilary Rose, Chris Walley, Ciaran Bermingham, PJ Gallagher


A fake mask, PJ Gallagher’s half-shaved head, an out-of-control nail-gun scene, some very fancy indoor cycling, and grisly chicken murder are just a few of the things that we didn’t realise were missing from Irish cinema until The Young Offenders. This manic, warm and ridiculous film showcases the wealth of characters and venues that the Peoples’ Republic has to offer. Sort of a funny Cork Once… on speed.


The plot is a cheeky twist on the classic MacGuffin chase; two local lads, Jock (Chris Walley) and Conor (Alex Murphy) abandon their jobs – bike stealing and fish selling respectively – to go in search of a shipment of cocaine that has gone overboard in Wesht Cark during a Garda raid. Seven million euros, the street value of each missing bale, means they could finally live in a replica of City Hall with cars and topless ‘beors’. Like Batman.


Bearing this in mind, the pair set off cycling through the countryside, during some of the nicest weather Munster has ever seen, on ill-gotten transport  – all the while being chased by the tireless Sergeant Healy. There are many bumps along their journey, to which Conor’s sticky nether regions would regrettably testify, and as the terrible decisions Jock and Conor make start stacking up, they are eventually forced to deal with the consequences.


It would be easy from the promo to peg The Young Offenders as all dopey characters spouting snappy dialogue. Which it is, of course, but these dopey characters are rounded and likeable. These young offenders may steal your bikes, but they’ll also come back for your heart! There’s real chemistry in both the bromance between both the two boys, and in the relationship between Conor and his Mam (Hilary Rose). Heavier themes such as loneliness, depression, domestic abuse and alcoholism sneak in, almost unnoticed, while we’re busy laughing at Jock tormenting Sergeant Healy or Mairead’s brilliant put-downs.


Plus the pacing is perfect and the main cast demonstrate sharp comedic timing and emotional depth. Not too shabby for two newcomers to the big screen. Peter Foott has made the best Irish buddy-comedy to date on a shoestring of a budget. With all the frenzied chases, a substantial soundtrack, elaborate action scenes and attractive aerial shots of Cork, it would be a fierce shame to catch this on anything else but the big screen.

Gemma Creagh

83 minutes
15A (See IFCO for details)

The Young Offenders is released 16th September 2016