Nick Kelly commences The Drummer & The Goalkeeper
by Naman Ramachandran
- This will be the first film out of three commissioned by the Irish Film Board’s Catalyst Project
Writer/director Nick Kelly’s The Drummer & The Goalkeeper commences a four-week shoot at locations in and around Dublin this week. The film recounts the comedic story of an unlikely friendship between a 25-year-old rock-and-roll drummer with bipolar disorder who revels in rejecting society’s rules and an institutionalised 17-year-old goalkeeper who suffers from Asperger Syndrome and yearns to fit in. The cast includes Dermot Murphy (Black Ice [+see also:
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The film is Kelly’s debut. His short film Shoe was shortlisted for an Oscar. Kate McColgan (From the Dark) is producing for Calico Pictures, with support from the Irish Film Board.
The Drummer & The Goalkeeper is one of three features selected from among 88 applicants who have won the opportunity to produce fully funded features budgeted at €350,000 each under the latest iteration of the Irish Film Board’s Catalyst Project scheme. The other films are writer/director Aoife McArdle’s Kissing Candice and Lorcan Finnegan’s Without Name [+see also:
The first Catalyst Project initiative, launched in 2007, led to the production of the features Rewind [+see also:
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