The drummer and the keeper review

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the drummer and the keeper review

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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The Drummer and the Keeper

Irish Film Review: The Drummer and the Keeper

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. He agrees to seek help, even though he is repelled by the prospect of being on medication for the rest of his life. A somewhat clunky set-up sees his therapist encourage him to take up football at a local home for disabled youths.

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. Kelly has not made an art film that talks us through the issues with a grim face. The picture is airy, funny and at home to optimism. But it also remains honest about its subjects. Gabriel is exhibiting destructive — occasionally pyromaniacal — behaviour as he fails to cope with the death of his mother. The authorities recommend that he take up football as occupational therapy.

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.
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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. This film has the ambition to take on both issues in tandem. It might have been easier to make a film about a romantic relationship between two people with mental health issues.

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