The Drummer and the Keeper to Expand to Further Cinemas Across the Country


The Drummer and the Keeper to Expand to Further Cinemas Across the Country

Posted: 12th September 2017

Following its fantastic performance at its opening weekend at the Box Office, The Drummer and the Keeper will expand to further cinemas nationwide.

The film which was released in cinemas on Friday, 8 September, has been hugely praised by critics, receiving four stars from outlets including The Sunday Times, The Sunday World,,, RTE Guide and Radio Nova.

The Irish Times refer to the film as “an accomplished work,”  The Sunday Times call it “A highly enjoyable, meaningful drama,” The Sunday World praises the “assured performances from its two exceptional young leads”, Movies.iedescribe it as an “impressive, quietly assured feature debut for writer / director Nick Kelly and compare it to “a home-grown About a Boy.”

Speaking on the reactions so far, director Nick Kelly said: “We’re absolutely delighted at all the brilliant reviews and media coverage. The biggest thrill for me is the gut response we're getting from the audiences in the cinemas. Gabriel and Christopher's friendship seems to be striking a massive emotional chord. The film is getting lots of laughs, but people are also genuinely very moved by it.”

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 seventeen-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.

The film stars a collection of talented Irish actors including Dermot Murphy (Clean BreakRaw), Charlie Kelly (The Secret ScriptureJadotville), Peter Coonan (What Richard DidLove/Hate), Aoibhinn McGinnity (Moone BoyQuirkeLove/Hate), Annie Ryan (Ferris Bueller’s Day OffLaws of Attraction), Niamh Algar (Without Name) and introducing Jacob McCarthy.

Written 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 Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.