Exclusive: ‘The Inbetweeners” producer plans film about women’s football legend Rose Reilly


Rose Reilly with A.C.F. GBC Milan in 1976

Chris Young, the Scotland-based producer of

The Inbetweeners

, is now planning an ambitious feature film about Rose Reilly, famed Scottish footballer.The Life Of Reilly is written by Edinburgh playwright and former journalist Lorna Martin, and Young is on the hunt for a director.

The UK’s Entertainment Film Distribution will be a partner on the film, and Young expects to also add an Italian partner.“It’s an incredible story. Young calls her the greatest Scottish footballer of all time. She was banned from playing football professionally in Scotland in the 1970s because she was female, so she left to play in Italy at the age of 17. The script focuses Reilly’s story from her teenage years until age 30. Young adds, “It is about becoming yourself.” It’s about how to create your own world by finding the right people.”


Silent Roar

Young was speaking to


at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, which opened on Aug 18 with his latest production,

Silent Roar.

Silent Roar marks the feature debut of Scottish writer/director Johnny Barrington, a former Bafta nominee and Screen International Rising Star of Scotland 2022.Silent Roar is described as “a teenage tale of surfing, sex and hellfire” set on the island of Lewis in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. The cast includes Louis McCartney and Ella Lily Hyland. Mark Lockyer, Chinenye Ezeudu, and Mark Lockyer. Young hired Barrington to work on several productions over the years as well as producing Barrington’s Bafta-nominated short Tumult

, which played at Sundance 2012.Source: Subject’s own

Chris YoungIn early 2020, Barrington came to Young with the idea for what would become

Silent Roar, which was developed during the early pandemic. Young Films financed the UK tax credit, while Screen Scotland, BBC Film, and BFI provided funding. They shot in 2021 on a budget of approximately PS2.6m. While the film was in post, MK2 came on board for international sales.Shooting in Lewis, which isn’t known for its filmmaking infrastructure, was a challenge but also a benefit, Young says. “We were on our own out here – the location we shot at was an hour from Stornoway. It made everyone focus like a team, like a family. This remoteness meant that we were together in a very close way for six whole weeks. Due to pandemic restrictions, they had to shoot some material also in 2022. “Johnny is a very funny man with a great sense of imagination. He’s also very sincere.” He’s very collaborative.”

chris young headshot courtesy of chris young

Young’s production company Young Films, based on the Isle of Skye, has credits Vitor Goncalves’ Portuguese feature

The Invisible Life

, Annie Griffin’s Festival, and the BBC’s groundbreaking Gaelic-language drama



Its offshoot non-profit, Young Films Foundation, runs a year-round scriptwriting initiative for Scotland-based writers. The partners on this programme include Screen Scotland and Channel 4, Film4, BBC Drama. BBC Films, and Sky. This year’s cohort of writers will be unveiled in September“The labour of women is valued so little,” says co-director of Edinburgh event ‘The Lynda Myles Project’

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