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The Drummer and the Keeper (2017)

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An unlikely friendship develops between the bipolar drummer of a rock band and an institutionalized teen suffering from Asperger's syndrome.

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Nick Kelly

Writer:

Nick Kelly
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Credited cast:
Dermot Murphy ... Gabriel
Jacob McCarthy ... Christopher
Peter Coonan ... Toss
Charlie Kelly ... Pearse
Adrian Hudson Adrian Hudson ... Eric
Jane Herbert ... Jamie
Beibhinn Jones Beibhinn Jones ... Jo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Niamh Algar ... Ingrid
Andrew Carroll Andrew Carroll ... Andrew
Phelim Drew ... Jeremy
Olwen Fouéré ... Doctor Assif (as Olwen Fouere)
Tiny James Tiny James ... Nurse
Dale Leadon Bolger ... Roly
Hannah Mamalis Hannah Mamalis ... Ciara
Aoibhinn McGinnity ... Alice
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Storyline

Gabriel (DERMOT MURPHY) is a chaotic young rock drummer desperate to hide his recent Bipolar diagnosis from his increasingly exasperated band mates. At the therapeutic mixed ability football game he's obliged to attend as part of his treatment Gabriel is spectacularly upended by goalkeeper Christopher (JACOB McCARTHY), an institutionalised 17-year-old with Aspergers Syndrome. Having taken violent revenge, Gabriel faces expulsion - and the prospect of being sectioned - unless he "makes friends" with Christopher. When the isolated and socially-inept young goalkeeper takes this grudging offer of friendship literally, Gabriel finds his footsteps dogged and secrets threatened by an embarrassingly eager and dangerously tactless new disciple.

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After 6 months of casting, Jacob and Dermot were the last two actors to audition for the parts of Christopher and Gabriel. See more »

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Doctor Flahavan: After your mother died...
Gabriel: After she killed herself.
Doctor Flahavan: When she succumbed to her illness.
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Spellbinding
23 July 2019 | by gnlogan-27367See all my reviews

This movie kept me spellbound, a difficult feat (believe me). Both of the main characters, one with bipolar and the other with Asperger's, were entirely credible, amazingly so, as was the (rocky) development of their friendship. Heartwarming, yes, but painful at times also. Good music too. But this is an Irish production and the accents are sometimes difficult to follow. While I stuck with it (and am very glad I did so), it would have been a relief to be able to turn on subtitles!


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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 2017 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,012
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Calico Pictures See more »
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