The drummer and the keeper review

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A Different Drummer by William Melvin Kelley

Set in a mythical backwater Southern town, A Different Drummer is the extraordinary story of Tucker Caliban, a quiet, determined descendant of an African chief who for no apparent reason destroys his farm and heads for parts unknown--setting off a mass exodus of the states entire Black population.

Nearly three decades offer its first publication, A Different Drummer remains one of the most trenchant, imaginative, and hard-hitting works of fiction to come out of the bitter struggle for African-American civil rights.
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Irish Film Review: The Drummer and the Keeper

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After years at the front of the Fat Lady Sings and more years making lucrative commercials, Nick Kelly wanders into risky territory for his debut feature. The Drummer and the Keeper whose title describes the key characters with some economy concerns the friendship between a bipolar rock musician and a teenager with Asperger syndrome.
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Nick Kelly has an eclectic CV. He was once the leader singer in The Fat Lady Sings and he has a track record in award-winning short films dating back to On the evidence of such talent, one might ask why it has taken until now for him to nail down backing for a feature. With The Drummer and the Keeper , he has not elected to play safe with his debut. Any film that takes on the issues of mental illness or Aspergers Syndrome involves risk.

Recent high-profile deaths in the music industry have thrown up questions around troubled artists being driven and inspired by emotional turmoil. Can demons be exorcised through creativity? Or does the demand for inspiration start driving destructive behaviour? This chicken-and-egg situation is given a timely exploration in The Drummer and the Keeper. His band mates and his sister Alice Aoibhinn McGinnity hold an intervention for him.

This heartwarming story shows the strength of the human bond in the face of adversity. I rented this movie because I saw it had a bipolar character. Dermot Murphy's acting resembled that of Hayden Christensen in the Star Wars films but to make up for it, Jacob McCarthy gave an incredible performance as the boy with Aspergers. Every little nuance in his performance was perfect. Method acting at its finest. I always look forward to an Irish home made film, mainly because the best ones are really fantastic, and even when they're not great they have a really unique, downbeat, grim energy to them. The Drummer and the Keeper has the unique depressing energy down, but not much else.

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