Updated: 07/09/17 : 16:03:17
and directed by Nick Kelly, whose short film SHOE was shortlisted for
an Academy Award, THE DRUMMER AND THE KEEPER was produced by Kate
McColgan for Calico Pictures
(FROM THE DARK), with support from the Irish Film Board. Element Pictures Distribution are handling the Irish release.
film stars a collection of talented Irish actors including Dermot
Murphy (CLEAN BREAK, RAW), Charlie
Kelly (THE SECRET SCRIPTURE, JADOTVILLE), Peter Coonan (WHAT RICHARD
DID, LOVE/HATE), Aoibhinn McGinnity (MOONE BOY, QUIRKE, LOVE/HATE),
Annie Ryan (FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF, LAWS OF ATTRACTION), Niamh Algar
(WITHOUT NAME) and introducing Jacob Mc Carthy.
Speaking on the themes of the film, Kelly commented that “Our
film tells the story of an unlikely relationship between two very
different characters, each with their own very specific issues and
challenges. I do believe that for many people, the difference between
success and failure in life comes down to a single relationship
with one other human being - very often a relationship that you would
never have sought, nor wished for, nor even dreamed of in advance.”
THE DRUMMER AND THE KEEPER tells the story of the unlikely friendship formed between
two young men; Gabriel, a reckless young drummer with bipolar disorder, who revels in rejecting society’s rules and Christopher, a 17 year old
with Asperger’s Syndrome, who yearns to fit in. This heartwarming story shows the strength of the human bond in the face of adversity.