‘The Young Offenders’ Return to BBC Three For Second Season

Originally a feature film in 2016, The Young Offenders has just started a six part series on BBC Three and today the channel and BBC Comedy have announced that it has commissioned a further six episodes of the Irish comedy from producers Vico Films.

Written and directed  by Peter Foott the series follows the coming of age adventures of lovable rogues Conor & Jock (Alex Murphy and Chris Walley, reprising their roles from the smash hit feature film) as they navigate their awkward teenage years, hatching plans and adventures to help distract from their tough home lives and their inability to stay out of trouble at school. Conor’s long suffering mother Mairead (Hilary Rose) tries to keep both her son and his best friend on the straight and narrow, with varying degrees of success.

Shane Allen says “It’s vital we back emerging talent to the hilt and believe in this show so much that a second series is an absolute must. The rare confluence of dazzling performances across this show and in Peter’s writing the strong sense of place and character makes it the quintessential BBC Three comedy. By turns raucous, by turns heart-breaking and consistently hilarious.”

Damian Kavanagh says: “Commissioning series one was a huge coup for BBC Three so I’m delighted The Young Offenders will be returning to us for a second series. It is exactly the type of daring, original comedy we live for on BBC Three and we’re looking forward to continuing our relationship with them.”

Creator of The Young Offenders Peter Foott says “The response already to the show has been phenomenal, myself and the whole team have been blown away by it.  To have BBC Three commission a second series so quickly is a dream come true, their support for the project has been unwavering from the start.  This level of commitment is incredibly reassuring, and we’re keen to continue telling stories involving these characters.   We’re very grateful to the BBC for allowing us to do so.”

The Young Offenders has been commissioned for BBC Three by Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three and Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning.  The Commissioner for the BBC is Alex Moody.  The Executive Producer for Vico Films is Peter Foott, the Producer is Martina Niland.

The Young Offenders will air on RTÉ2 from Thursday February 8th, and will air on BBC One after The Graham Norton Show from Friday February 9th.

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‘The Young Offenders’ Comedy Series Commences Filming in Cork

 

The six part TV comedy series of The Young Offenders commences filming in Cork today.  Commissioned by BBC Comedy for BBC Three, in association with RTÉ, the TV series comes from producers Vico Films.  Written, directed and executive produced by award-winning filmmaker Peter Foott, the comedy series will film for eight weeks at locations across Cork city and county.

 

Foott wrote and directed the original smash hit feature film, which took in €1.3million at the Irish box office in 2016.  Acclaimed producer Martina Niland (Once, Sing Street) is producing the series, each episode with a duration of thirty minutes.  It is expected that the series will be broadcast early in 2018.

 

The Young Offenders TV series will follow the coming of age adventures of loveable rogues Conor and Jock (Alex Murphy and Chris Walley, reprising their roles from the feature film) as they navigate their awkward teenage years, hatching plans and adventures to help distract from their tough home lives and their inability to stay out of trouble at school.

 

The comedy series will expand on the characters already seen in the film as viewers watch the lads encountering love, loss, peer pressure, and morality, with each episode set in the city the producers want to celebrate with these memorable characters.  The Young Offenders is foremost a comedy and will be jam-packed with laughter, but it will also be tender with a lot of heart.

 

The much-loved characters returning for the TV series include Conor MacSweeney and Jock O’Keeffe (Alex Murphy and Chris Walley), along with Conor’s long suffering mother Mairead MacSweeney played by Hilary Rose. All three actors received Irish Film and Television Academy award nominations for their performances in the film. Many other familiar faces from the film will also feature in the TV series, including Dominic McHale as exasperated Garda Sergeant Healy; Shane Casey as local funloving thug Billy Murphy; and PJ Gallagher featuring in a new role, Principal Walsh.  Foott continues to bring new talent to the forefront by including two exciting young actors in the cast, local Cork newcomers Jennifer Barry and Demi Issac Oviawe.

 

Peter Foott commented: “After spending many months writing the scripts and getting the whole team together to rehearse over the last few weeks, it’s a real thrill to start filming today with these fantastic actors and crew.  We’ll be bringing new adventures and stories for the well-known characters, and some new ones, to life in the TV show.  The reaction to the scripts has been really positive, and we want to live up to the original spirit of the film.  I think we have all the right elements, so we’re all excited to get out there and start filming today on this new phase of The Young Offenders journey.  We’ve picked some fantastic locations in Cork, so we’re looking forward to knuckling down and working hard on filming, which I’m sure will be great fun too!”

 

The Young Offenders was commissioned for BBC Three by Controller of BBC Three Damian Kavanagh; Controller of Comedy Shane Allen and Commissioning Editor Alex Moody; and for RTÉ by Eddie Doyle, Head of Comedy.
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‘The Young Offenders’ – Six Part TV Series Commissioned

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BBC Three and BBC Comedy, in association with RTÉ, have commissioned a six part series of The Young Offenders, from producers Vico Films.

Originally a feature length film, The Young Offenders was a box-office sensation in 2016. Peter Foott, winner of Best Screenplay for The Young Offenders at the recent Irish Film and Television Academy awards, will also be the writer, director and executive producer on the television series.  Acclaimed producer Martina Niland (Once, Sing Street) will produce the 6 x 30 series.

The Young Offenders film followed 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.

The characters will now make a move to television screens to bring viewers the continuing misadventures of loveable rogues Conor MacSweeney and Jock O’Keeffe, played by newcomers Alex Murphy and Chris Walley respectively, along with Conor’s long-suffering mother Mairead MacSweeney, played by Hilary Rose.  Many other familiar faces from the film will also feature in the TV series and will once again film in Cork, Ireland.

 

The Young Offenders has been commissioned for BBC Three by Controller of BBC Three Damian Kavanagh; Controller of Comedy Shane Allen; and Commissioning Editor Alex Moody; and for RTÉ by Eddie Doyle, Head of Comedy.

Shane Allen says: “Peter has created a very sure-footed and wholly original world that combines a winning blend of hilarity, charm and emotional impactful moments. It will, stand nicely alongside BBC Three stablemates Fleabag, Uncle, This Country and People Just Do Nothing as a sharp and naturalistic portrait of endearing characters with a unique comic voice.’

Eddie Doyle said: “Peter Foott has created something really special with The Young Offenders, and we’re absolutely delighted to be supporting the TV version. It is fantastic to see young, home-grown Irish talent, take the next step to international TV success.”

Peter Foott commented: “It’s incredibly exciting to be able to work with the BBC and with RTÉ to bring these characters back to the screen. They have been so supportive of the project and will be a wonderful home for it. The public response to the film, and specifically the characters themselves, was just so overwhelming that we really felt there were a lot more stories to tell, so we’re very excited to be doing this as a six part television series. It’s a real honour to have a chance to take these characters on their new adventures and we can’t wait to start filming in Cork.”

The Young Offenders goes into production in Cork this summer.

 

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

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Podcast: Irish Film Festival Boston

static1.squarespaceCarrie Drzik was at the 2017 Irish Film Festival Boston and met some of the attending filmmakers.

 

Dominic MacHale

Dominic MacHale, who plays the bike-thief-obsessed Sergeant Healy in The Young Offenders, talks about working on the film which won Best Feature at the festival.

The Young Offenders screened on 23rd March 2017 at the Somerville Theatre.


Natasha Waugh

Natasha Waugh, writer/director of Terminal, a short film about women and the decisions they must make. Terminal won Director’s Choice – Best Short at the festival.

Terminal screened on Friday, March 24th 2017 at the Somerville Theatre.


Sarah Dempsey 

Writer/co-director Sarah Dempsey talks about her film Hand in Hand, a short documentary that sits down gay and lesbian couples as they openly discuss topics ranging from coming out to childbirth. This intimate documentary offers a window into what it is to be in a same-sex relationship in Ireland.

Hand in Hand screened on Sunday, March 26 2017 at the Somerville Theatre as part of the NEW IRISH SHORTS PROGRAM 2


Rónán Mac Con Iomaire

Author Rónán Mac Con Iomaire talks about the incredible story of Irish boxer Sean Mannion and the Irish of Boston.

Rocky Ros Muc screened on Saturday, March 25 2017 at the Somerville Theatre.


Ristéard O’Domhnaill & Brian Fitzpatrick


Ristéard O’Domhnaill (director) and Brian Fitzpatrick (associate producer) talk about Atlantic, crowdfunding, and working with Brendan Gleeson. And enjoy some fine Boston pizza.

Atlantic screened on Saturday, March 25 2017 at the Somerville Theatre.

 

The Irish Film Festival Boston took place 23 – 26 March 2017

Follow them on Twitter @irishfilmfest

Carrie Drzik is a Boston filmmaker who can be found @reindeercity

 

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Podcast: Capital Irish Film Festival

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John Collins was at the 11th annual Capital Irish Film Festival in Washington, USA and met some of the attending filmmakers.

 

Henrietta Norton, director, and Dan Dennison, DOP, Born and Reared

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In this interview, John talks to director Henrietta Norton and DOP Dan Dennison about bringing their film, Born and Reared, to an American audience, the challenges for Dan as a photographer working with film, shooting in Belfast, and the overwhelming desire for peace in Northern Ireland.

Born and Reared tells the story of four men in Northern Ireland living in the aftermath of a conflict that ended 18 years ago.


Marie-Therese Garvey, producer of Atlantic

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John talks to producer Marie-Therese Garvey about working with Risteard O’Domhnaill on Atlantic , crowdfunding, the power of story, the impact the film is having, the value of film festivals and having Brendan Gleeson on board.

Atlantic focuses on the two biggest resources in the North Atlantic: fish and oil, following the fortunes of three small fishing communities struggling to maintain their way of life.


Kealan Ryan, actor and writer of Lift 

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John talks to Kealan Ryan, actor and writer of Lift about bringing his debut indie feature to the festival, getting the dialogue right, the dynamic of the characters, how the project came about, and the different challenges writing novels and scripts.

In Lift, a vicious attack by Sean leaves a man unconscious and him stranded in an elevator with five others.


Hilary Rose, actor in The Young Offenders

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John talks to Hilary Rose about celebrating Irish film abroad, what goes into making a good comedy, being a pregnant fishmonger, the success of The Young Offenders and The Sultans of Ping.


John Collins is a producer/director living in Kensington, Maryland. He has an affinity for all things Irish including cinema, literature, music (particularly anything circa 1978-1982) and whiskey. He once played soccer with Bono in Heathrow Airport. His company is called Happy Medium Productions because everybody is always looking for a happy medium.

 

The 11th annual Capital Irish Film Festival ran 2 – 5 March 2017.

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Interview: Hilary Rose, actor ‘The Young Offenders’

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With the release of The Young Offenders on DVD and online platforms, Gemma Creagh took advantage of a telecommunications device to chat to Hilary Rose about her experiences playing Mairead MacSweeney in the hit Cork comedy.

 

Can you tell us about working with Alex Murphy and Chris Walley. It’s obvious on screen that there was a great rapport between the three of you. 

It was great. We spent a lot of time together. I took them shopping for their costumes, had lunch and coffee, bought props with them, and just did loads of little activities together so that we would have that relationship when we went on set. It worked. We just all connected together as this oddball family unit. We still all hang out together. They’re really great guys.

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It’s so funny when you see the reaction to the two lads after they had been transformed into their characters. Obviously, I met them as they were but some of the cast and crew only met them in character when the transformations were done. They were really stand-offish with them – when they’re in character with the accents they’re quite intimidating. And then off screen they are just these lovely middle-class boys out of school doing their thing and people, were like oh my God… they just hadn’t realized how much of a transformation had gone on.

 

What was it like as an actor working with Peter Foott? 

Peter’s great. He’ll give you an idea and then shove you onto the path and you need to go and do the groundwork yourself, which is great as an actor because it gives you a certain amount of freedom. For me, I like observing people, looking for quirks and different things and characters kind of come out of that. A mish-mash of all these things and obviously what the writer has written as well. Peter gave us all a lot of rehearsal time so that if there was stuff he wasn’t happy with, stuff he felt that wasn’t in keeping with the character he had written, we were able to tweak that. So the characters grew organically in the rehearsal period.

 

You must have had a lot of fun on set – were many of the scenes improvised?

A lot of the scenes were improvised. For me, my experience on the hidden camera show The Fear was really helpful. Prank shows are all about improv. Peter was great to allow us to do that. We used to do our scripted take and then we would do what we called “the X take”, which was the improv take. We were allowed to do and say whatever we wanted within the boundaries of the scene. That was really fun stuff. And then of course with PJ on set, I think we spent 50 per cent of the time just laughing at him and it was often really hard to get through takes when he was around.

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I heard the hair was improvised!

When we were in rehearsal, we were doing a lot of character work. PJ turned around to me and said wouldn’t it be great if he had a bald spot. When we said it to Peter you could see PJ go… well I have to do it now. We shaved it on set. It turned out the caterer was also a hair dresser. She turned up one day with our lunch and then shaved PJ’s head.

 

You must be chuffed with the success of the film and the reactions it’s getting.

It’s been amazing. It’s really been an amazing year. We really didn’t expect to get the reaction that we did.  We just hoped that it might get into a couple of festivals, maybe win an award, put us on the map a little bit. But the way it snowballed is incredible. It’s still in cinemas in Cork and it’s done so well in the UK and is going world wide. It was number one on iTunes and got some great reviews. It’s been incredible.

 

The Young Offenders is available in all good DVD stores as well as on Amazon and the Wildcard Distribution website. The movie is available to view across online platforms in Ireland including iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and Eir.

 

 

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‘The Young Offenders’ Released on VOD Platforms

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Following its release in UK cinemas this weekend, The Young Offenders is now available to view across online platforms in Ireland, including iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and Eir.

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 Peter Foott and introduces new acting talent Chris Walley and Alex Murphy in the lead roles with comedians Hilary Rose and PJ Gallagher also starring.
Since its premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh last summer where it was awarded Best Irish Feature, it has gone on to charm Irish and international audiences alike. It picked up an Honourable Mention for Best Comedy at the Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, picked up three awards at the LA Comedy Festival, the largest comedy festival in the US and was well received at the BFI London International Film Festival back in late 2016. The film is set to be seen by audiences across the globe with numerous international distribution deals done.

The DVD will be released in Ireland on 10th March 10th in time for St Patrick’s Day.

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More Awards for ‘The Young Offenders’

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The smash-hit comedy The Young Offenders picked up three awards at the LA Comedy Festival over the weekend.  It won prizes in the Best Feature Direction, Best Feature Screenplay and Best Feature Film categories at the American festival which is the largest comedy festival in the US featuring film, live comedy acts and a screenplay competition.

Lead actors Alex Murphy and Chris Walley were also presented with the Ros Hubbard Award for Acting at the Irish Film Festival London, with the film also picking up the Súil Eile award at the festival last week.

Written and directed by Peter Foott The Young Offenders 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.

The film continues to be distributed in territories around the world with Carnaby International, a UK film company specialising in worldwide sales announcing this month that it has signed deals for the film in Germany (Studio Hamburg) and Former Yugoslavia (Discovery).

The comedy is screening at the Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia this weekend and will screen at the Irish Film Festival London this coming Saturday.

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.

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