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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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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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Is the first film commissioned by the low budget Catalyst scheme of the Irish Film Board. See more »

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Christopher: The thing he's not good at means that the things he is good at don't count. It's like Lego, where you lose one piece and you can't finish your kit you're building because of that one piece you're missing. So, you throw it away. It's a waste. Because somebody else might easily have that piece you're missing. He's good at understanding people, but he's not good at staying in control. I'm good at staying in control but I'm not good at understanding people. We each have a piece the other one is ...
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This movie will stay with you.....
5 March 2019 | by bullockrgjrSee all my reviews

We saw this movie at the Capitol Irish Film Festival sponsored by Solas Nua and the American Film Institute. The friendship which is at the core of this film---between a rock drummer with bi-polar and a young man with Aspergers--who meet up on the football field (soccer, in the U.S.)---is as unlikely as it is life-changing. I couldn't help but be reminded of a long ago children's picture book by Barbara Cooney, called "Miss Rumphius" in which the title character talked about we all must do something to make the world a more beautiful place. Nick Kelly has done that with this film.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 2017 (Ireland) See more »

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Dublin, Ireland See more »

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$22,012
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