THE DRUMMER AND THE KEEPER

NICK KELLY

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Drummer Gabriel (Dermot Murphy), recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, is forced to curb his erratic behaviour when his therapist changes his medication and insists he join a special football team.

When he meets goalkeeper Christopher (Jacob McCarthy), a 17-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome, a fraught relationship gradually develops into a firm friendship as each learns to respect the other’s foibles.

Writer/director/composer Nick Kelly captures the mental health pitfalls of a rock’n’roll lifestyle with sharp insight, while his portrait of a young man with Asperger’s, drawn with affection and deep understanding, is perfectly observed.

This uplifting and comedic feature début deservedly bagged the Best Irish First Feature Award at this year’s Galway
Film Fleadh.

Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn

92 mins, 2017, Ireland, Digital

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