The Young Offenders Wins Three Awards at Largest US Comedy Festival

Ireland’s latest international hit movie keeps on racking up the honours in both the US and the UK.


The smash-hit Irish comedy The Young Offenders picked up three awards at the LA Comedy Festival over the weekend. The film, which has been widely acclaimed, 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 in London. The film also picked 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 set to screen at the Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia this weekend and will also 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.

Carnaby’s AFM deal-making includes German ‘Offenders’ deal, ‘Kids’ sale to China

Carnaby’s first market with Irish comedy The Young Offenders saw deals for Germany (Studio Hamburg) and Former Yugoslavia (Discovery).

Coming-of-age drama Kids in Love, starring Cara Delevingne and Will Poulter, was acquired for China (Shanghai Shining Media) and Latin American Pay TV (CDC Network).

Action adventure title Mercury Plains, starring Scott Eastwood, closed a deal with Program Store for France.

Simon West’s forthcoming action comedy Salty, starring Antonio Banderas, sold to Tanweer for Greece.

Tanweer also bought parts 2 and 3 of the Rise of the Footsoldier crime franchise.

The Iggy Pop starring thriller Blood Orange sold to Sky for the UK.

Danny Dyer thriller Assassin sold to Trans World Associates for Japan.

Carnaby joint CEO Sean O’Kelly said, “This AFM seemed quiet in the Loews in terms of people milling around but, importantly, all of our buyers where there which enabled much more focused and productive sales meetings. It was a fruitful time for Carnaby on its completed titles and with three of our major titles nearing completion in the next few months we expect a very busy Berlinale.”

“It wasn’t just funny, it was brilliant”: Carnaby’s Lorianne Hall on ‘The Young Offenders’

Having recently surpassed the €1M mark at the Irish box office, Peter Foott’s feature debut ‘The Young Offenders’ has gone on to garner international attention, including its recent acquisition by Carnaby International Sales & Distribution at AFM.

Lorianne Hall of Carnaby talks to IFTN about the attraction of the hit Irish comedy and lovable pair Conor and Jock, portrayed by Chris Walley and Alex Murphy.

The UK-based company has acquired all international rights, excluding English-speaking countries, which have previously gone to XYZ. Other recent titles include Amanda Sharp’s comedy drama ‘Sticky Notes’ and Chris Foggin’s ‘Kids in Love.’

Lorianne Hall, Senior Manager, Sales and Acquisitions:
“Being a fan of Irish film, and Irish humour in particular, I was automatically drawn to the film. I was familiar with Peter’s show Republic of Telly and knew that the film would be funny but when I saw it, it wasn’t just funny, it was brilliant. I knew it was going to be a hit.

But what really impressed me and what I think makes it universal is the heart in the film and how subtly that was achieved. For example I think the ending of the film is just excellent and so moving but hilarious at the same time. Everyone knows a Conor or a Jock and has a soft spot for the lovable loser. No matter where you are or what language you speak their “holiday” adventure was sure to strike a cord with everyone.

Peter has such a light and honest touch with his story telling which allows people to really relate to this story and the characters. You laugh but also love the characters and their flaws. He tells human stories that are funny as, with warmth and kindness and I am sure he is going to have an amazing career ahead. It’s for all of those reason I wanted to be involved with this film and bring Peter’s talent and these two jokers to the rest of the world.”

Hall has over two decades of experience in the film and television industry, having previously worked with Warner Brothers, Shooting Stars Distribution and Scanbox Entertainment, to name a few.

She has previously been responsible for acquiring the ‘Taken’ franchise starring Liam Neeson, ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ (Derek Cianfrance) and more recently ‘The Little Prince’ directed by Mark Osborne. In Ireland she has also consulted for Screen Training Ireland and the Irish Film Board.

AFM: Irish box office hit ‘The Young Offenders’ secures int’l sales deal

Carnaby to launch sales on comedy which has grossed more than €1m in Ireland.


Carnaby Sales and Distribution has acquired international sales rights to Irish comedy The Young Offenders.

The film has proven a box office hit in its local market, taking €1m for Wildcard Distribution. Vertigo recently snapped the film up for UK, US and Australia/NZ.

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.

Hilary Rose (The Republic of Telly), P.J Gallagher (Trojan Donkey) and Dominic Machale (Ronanism) star alongside rising stars Alex Murphy and Chris Walley.

Directed, written and produced by Peter Foott, executive producers include Cormac Fox and Rory Gilmartin.

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

Sequel to home-ent hit ‘Rise of the Footsoldier’ underway in Marbella


Principal photography has started on the third instalment in the lucrative UK crime franchise; Carnaby to sell at AFM.

Principal photography has started on UK crime-thriller Rise of the Footsoldier: The Beginning, the prequel to the home entertainment hit Rise of the Footsoldier.

The five week shoot will take place in London and Marbella. This will be the third instalment in the franchise.

Returning cast members incldude Craig Fairbass (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare) who stars as Pat Tate as well as Terry Stone (Doghouse) as Tony Tucker.

The third instalment will also feature Happy Monday frontman Shaun Ryder as a prison inmate, Union J’s JJ Hamblett as a young Pat Tate and EastEnders actors Larry Lamb and Jamie Foreman.

The film is based on the real-life story of the Rettendon Triple Murders, known as the ‘Range Rover murders’. Rise of the Footsoldier: The Beginning tells the story of Tate’s rise to notoriety in Essex gangland. Set in Marbella in 1988, the story focuses on Essex gangster Pat Tate attempting to smuggle a batch of ecstasy tablets into the UK. When he is double crossed by his suppliers, he is hunted down and imprisoned by police. Behind bars, he makes new alliances and a mastermind plot to take control of the Essex drugs war.

Directed by Zackary Alder (The Rise of the Krays) with screenplay by Julian Gilbey, Rise of the Footsoldier: The Beginning is produced by Carnaby International’s Andrew, Mike and Terry Loveday as well as Tiernan Hanby (Snow in Paradise).

Rise of the Footsoldier Part II, released by Signature in 2015, sold more than 50,000 units in one week, while the first instalment in the series has sold more than one million units in the UK to date.

Carnaby International will be pre-selling the film and screening first footage at the American Film Market in November.

Signature Entertainment are on board to distribute the title in the UK.

Director Zackary Alder commented: “I am thrilled to be partnering again with Carnaby films who are passionately reinventing the wheel for the British gangster film genre.”

‘Sticky Notes’ Alum Rose Leslie Joins ‘Good Wife’ Spinoff on CBS All Access

“Game of Thrones” alum Rose Leslie has joined the cast of CBS All Access’ “The Good Wife” spinoff series.

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 Leslie will play the role of Maia, goddaughter to Christine Baranski‘s character Diane.
 “We’re thrilled to have Rose on board,” said executive producers Robert and Michelle King. “We needed a young actress who could hold her own with Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo, and Rose is perfect. She’s real, she’s strong and she can play comedy. If we designed an actress from the ground up, we couldn’t have done better.”

The new series will pick up one year after the events of the final broadcast episode of “The Good Wife.” In the series, an enormous financial scam has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, Maia (Leslie), while simultaneously wiping out her mentor Diane Lockhart’s (Baranski) savings. Forced out of Lockhart & Lee, they join Lucca Quinn (Crush Jumbo) at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms.

“Good Wife” creators Robert and Michelle King will write and executive produce the spinoff. In addition, Ridley Ridley Scott, David Zucker, Liz Glotzer, Brooke Kennedy and Alison Cross also serve as executive producers.

The show will premiere on CBS, in February, before moving over to CBS All Access exclusively, a move the media company is also making with its upcoming “Star Trek: Discovery” series.

Interlude in Prague’s Morfydd Clark, Stars of Tomorrow 2016


Having played Mrs Dai Bread Two in a school production of Under Milk Wood, she went on to study at the National Youth Theatre of Wales and Drama Centre London.

After graduation, Clark appeared in the BBC’s A Poet In New York, about Dylan Thomas’s fatal visit to the city, Channel 4’s four-part drama series New Worlds and, on film, in Carol Morley’s The Falling.

She then enjoyed a strong run of theatre performances, including in Olivier-nominated Violence And Son by Welsh playwright Gary Owen and as Cecile in Les Liaisons Dangereuses alongside Dominic West and Janet McTeer.

In an ideal world, the Welsh actress, based in London, would continue to work in both film and theatre. “You have to be a lot more patient with film,” she says. “You do it and then you have to wait for ages to see it yourself, and then you have to wait again for an audience to see it. With theatre, you get immediate affirmation every evening, or the opposite.”

When it comes to film, Clark likes to work with writer-directors “because you collaborate in a different way”.

As well as working with Morley on The Falling, Clark was seen earlier this year in Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendshipas Frederica, the daughter of Kate Beckinsale’s Lady Susan Vernon.

Having fulfilled a “dream” by playing Juliet opposite Freddie Fox’s Romeo last year, next up for Clark is Deborah Warner’s King Lear at London’s Old Vic theatre, where she will play Cordelia opposite Glenda Jackson’s patriarch.

Clark jokes: “As soon as I’m cast in something, it’s there in my mind constantly, so King Lear is with me everywhere at the moment.”

Live-blogging Raindance Award Ceremony #RDFF16



Carnaby’s Tania Sarra at Raindance Live Ammunition Panel


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One of the more boisterous events in the Raindance line-up is Thursday’s Live Ammunition panel (6pm, Sept. 29, Screen 4m, Vue Piccadilly), now a festival staple and one of three such events run by the organisation every year, including an offshoot that takes place in the German capital during the Berlin film festival. Top three winning pitches each receive a £100 Raindance voucher and will gain entry into the second round of the ‘Perfect Pitches’ competition in February 2017, plus a chance to participate in a prize pool of £100,000 and for their production to be developed, produced and distributed.

This year’s panellists include Tania Sarra, director of international sales at Carnaby International; Dean Cross, Vue Cinema; producer Beau Rogers; Tara Barnett, sales co-ordinator at Fox Filmed Entertainment; and Stephen Fingleton, BIFA award-winning and Bafta-nominated writer/director of 2015’s apocalyptic drama “The Survivalist.”

But other than that, little can be predicted about the night, which is why events producer Georgina Bednar advises filmmakers to get there early. “We’ll start the queue an hour before,” she says. “Filmmakers arrive, they take a ticket, and the first 25 get to pitch. They can’t register their films in advance – they register on arrival their name, their email and their concept – so we genuinely don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s completely random.”

The nature of the projects is also random. “Feature films generally get pitched,” notes Bednar, “and the panel is made up of producers, distributors and filmmakers, so there is a more mainstream kind of angle usually. But the weird and the wonderful has also been pitched over time.”

As is now customary for every pitching session, there is a time limit, and Live Ammunition’s rules are stricter than many. “At some events, everyone gets to pitch for 90 seconds,” says Bednar, “and then it’s like a marathon event, which has its own charm. But because it’s a festival event we’re curtailing it a little bit, which means that 25 people will get to pitch for two minutes. They also put a fiver in a hat, so the winner takes the cash, as well as the accolade of winning. It means there’s a good fun, high-octane kind of atmosphere.”

So what do prospective pitchers need to know? “It’s the classic elevator pitch,” she says. “It’s got to be on point, and the aim is that this is proper industry-connecting. You should be going into this event thinking that your film is going to get made, you’re not just doing it for a laugh. It’s not just for show – films do come out of this. Keep it concise and professional, but you’re going to need that special twinkle to get the panel’s attention.” Above all, though, it’s an event that requires participants to keep a cool head. Says Bednar, “As much as it should be competitive, and the stakes are high, everyone should walk out shaking hands.”

‘Sticky Notes’ to Screen at Napa Valley Film Festival


The West Coast premieres of “The Book of Love” and “Sticky Notes” have been set for the sixth annual Napa Valley Film Festival during Nov. 3-9.

The two titles are part of the 10 films in the Narrative Feature Film lineup for juried competition along with 10 titles in the Documentary Feature competition. The awards ceremonies will take place Nov. 12 at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville.

“Sticky Notes” stars  Rose Leslie as an emotionally detached backup dancer living in Los Angeles who, returns to Florida to take care of her estranged father, played by Ray Liotta, after he is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Directed by Amanda Sharp.