Element Pictures Distribution has announced the home cinema release of Nick Kelly’sThe Drummer and the Keeper, which will be available on DVD and VOD from November 17th.

The Drummer and the Keeper tells the story of the unlikely friendship formed between two young men; Gabriel, a reckless young drummer who revels in rejecting society’s rules and Christopher, a 17-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.

When the film was released earlier this year it was well received by critics and audiences. The Irish Times referred to it as “an accomplished work,”  The Sunday Times called it “A highly enjoyable, meaningful drama,” The Sunday World noted the “assured performances from its two exceptional young leads,” Movies.ie described it as an “impressive, quietly assured feature debut for writer/director Nick Kelly and RTE.ie compared it to “a home-grown About a Boy.”

The Drummer and the Keeper

Dermot Murphy and Jacob McCarthy in The Drummer and the Keeper

The film stars a collection of talented Irish actors including Dermot Murphy (Clean Break, Raw), Charlie Kelly (The Secret Scripture, Jadotville), Peter Coonan (What Richard Did, Love/Hate), Aoibhinn McGinnity (Moone Boy, Quirke, Love/Hate), Annie Ryan (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Laws 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 the Irish Film Board.

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.

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