Galway Film Fleadh Adds Two More IFB Titles to 2017 Line-Up

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Galway Film Fleadh Adds Two More IFB Titles to 2017 Line-Up

With less than a week to go until the full line-up is revealed, the Galway Film Fleadh has added two more IFB-funded titles to the programme: Nick Kelly's The Drummer and the Keeper and Tom Collins' Aithrí/Penance.

Marking Nick Kelly’s feature directorial debut, The Drummer and the Keeper follows Gabriel—a chaotic young rock drummer who is desperate to hide his recent bipolar diagnosis from his increasingly exasperated band mates. When he is forced to bond with Christopher—an institutionalised 17-year-old with Asperger's Syndrome—their union results in a very unlikely friendship. The Drummer and the Keeper is produced by Kate McColgan for Calico Pictures and stars Dermot Murphy and Jacob McCarthy. The film will receive its world premiere at the festival.

The Galway Film Fleadh also marks the world premiere for Tom Collins’ Aithrí/Penance; a film set around The Easter Rising. Fire-brand Father Eoin O’Donnell is convinced that only violence will force Britain out of Ireland and influences the young and impressionable Antaine to fight. Fifty years on, experienced gunman Antaine arrives in Derry and begins to influence Fr. Eoin’s altar server, Feidhlim. Produced by Collins and Edwina Forkin at Zanzibar Films, Aithrí/Penance stars Peter Coonan in the role of Fr. Eoin.

The 2017 Galway Film Fleadh will take place from 11–16 July, with the full programme line-up announced next week. To find out the previously announced Irish films for this year’s Fleadh, click the story in the sidebar.