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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.

Director:

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 Phelim Drew ... Jeremy
Olwen Fouéré ... Doctor Assif (as Olwen Fouere)
Tiny James Tiny James ... Nurse
Dale Leadon Bolger Dale Leadon Bolger ... Roly
Hannah Mamalis Hannah Mamalis ... Ciara
Aoibhinn McGinnity 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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Drama

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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 2017 (Ireland) See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Calico Pictures See more »
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Director Nick Kelly has experience of living in the world of rock music. He is a singer, guitarist and song writer himself and was a member of the rock band The Fat Lady Sings. See more »

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Roly: They've abolished us.
Eric: Sorry?
Roly: There won't be any Asperger's Syndrome anymore. We'll all just be autistic.
Eric: Says who?
Roly: The American Psychiatric Association.
Eric: It was just a label, Roly.
Roly: Yeah, but it was our label and they've abolished it.
Eric: It's the way of the world, I'm afraid.
Roly: Well, then the world isn't fair.
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A gem
26 October 2018 | by miriamingSee all my reviews

What a beautiful, heart-warming, poignant and funny gem of a film. It is very clear that the filmmaker knows his subject well. This sincerity shines through the laughter and the tears.


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