Feel-Good Irish Feature, The Drummer and the Keeper, Released on DVD and On-Demand This Friday, 17 November

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Feel-Good Irish Feature, The Drummer and the Keeper, Released on DVD and On-Demand This Friday, 17 November

Element Pictures Distribution has announced that Nick Kelly’s award-winning debut Irish feature, The Drummer and the Keeper will be released on DVD and on-demand this Friday, 17 November

A witty and heart-warming tale of friendship against the odds, The Drummer and the Keeper tells the story of Gabriel, a rock’n’roll party animal newly-diagnosed with mental health issues, and Christopher, a 17-year-old goalkeeper with Asperger Syndrome who yearns to fit in.   When the young drummer is prescribed a weekly dose of therapeutic football, he’s forced into the company of the isolated Christopher who’s determined to make friends with the anarchic new arrival - whether Gabriel likes it or not. It’s a meeting that will change both their lives.

Following its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh, where it was awarded Best Irish First Feature, Screen Daily praised Kelly's direction and his deft handling of the film's presentation of mental health, commenting, "Kelly is fearless in the way he tackles mental illness and his command of comic tone is strong, making this film anything but the traumatic experience it may appear on paper and more like a gentle romcom between two odd and lonely souls." The influential publication also noted how the film's most important message is one of "normalisation and ownership."

Hailed as “a small marvel with a heart the size of a whale” DVD stockists include: Supervalu, Golden Discs, Tower Records, Head, Eason, IFI, Light House, Amazon and ebuzz.ie.  On-demand viewing is available from: iTunes, Virgin Media, Volta, Google, BT, Vubiquity and Microsoft.

The Drummer and the Keeper is the directorial debut of Nick Kelly, whose short film Shoe was shortlisted for an Academy Award® and is produced by Kate McColgan for Calico Pictures (From The Dark) with support from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.It stars an ensemble of Irish talent, including: Jacob McCarthy, Dermot Murphy, Charlie Kelly, Peter Coonan, Aoibhinn McGinnity and Annie Ryan.