WEX­FORD ac­tor Der­mot Mur­phy is at­tend­ing the London Film Fes­ti­val this week to pro­mote the Ir­ish­made movie The Drum­mer And The Keeper in which he plays a star­ring role along­side Dublin new­comer Ja­cob McCarthy.

The film which was seen by au­di­ences in Wex­ford cine­mas over the past few weeks, tells the story of an un­usual friend­ship be­tween two young men – Gabriel, a reck­less young rock drum­mer with bipo­lar dis­or­der played by Der­mot, and Christo­pher, a teenage goal­keeper with Asperger’s syn­drome who yearns to fit in, played by Ja­cob.

The heartwarming story which has re­ceived huge me­dia at­ten­tion and won ac­claim from au­di­ences and crit­ics, demon­strates the power of friend­ship and the strength of the hu­man bond in the face of ad­ver­sity.

Directed by Nick Kelly whose short film Shoe was short­listed for an Academy Award, the Drum­mer And The Keeper had its de­but in July at Gal­way Film Fleadh where it won the award for Best Ir­ish First Fea­ture and re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion from the au­di­ence at the world pre­miere which was at­tended by mem­bers of Der­mot’s fam­ily in­clud­ing his mother Theresa, owner of An­nie’s Hab­er­dash­ery in Mallin Street.

Theresa also went to see the movie at the Light­house Cin­ema in Dublin, think­ing it mightn’t come to Wex­ford but it was picked up by El­e­ment Pic­tures for gen­eral re­lease and na­tion­wide dis­tri­bu­tion in Ire­land and also in the UK. It was shown at both the Om­ni­plex and Arc cine­mas in Wex­ford. An autism-friendly pre­miere screen­ing was also held in the Light­house for mem­bers of the Autism com­mu­nity WEX­FORD PEO­PLE

Iwhich pro­vided ad­vice and sup­port dur­ing the prepa­ra­tion and re­hearsal phase of the project, ac­cord­ing to the di­rec­tor. Many of the ex­tras are peo­ple with Autism from the As­pire Drama Group. The film is en­joy­ing its UK pre­miere at the pres­ti­gious BFI London Film Fes­ti­val this week, with screen­ings last night (Mon­day) at the Cur­zon May­fair Cin­ema and the BFI South­bank NFT to­mor­row (Tues­day). Der­mot has trav­elled to London for the fes­ti­val along with the di­rec­tor and other cast mem­bers and the pro­ducer Kate McCol­gan. The film was pro­duced by McCol­gan for Cal­ico Pic­tures with sup­port from the Ir­ish Film Board. It also stars Ni­amh Al­gar, Peter Coo­nan and Phe­lim Drew.

Thirty-year-old Der­mot’s tele­vi­sion cred­its in­clude RTE dra­mas Raw and Clean Break and BBC North­ern Ire­land’s 6De­grees as well as the fea­ture film Black Ice and the award-win­ning short No Mes­sages’. He also had a lead role in the Bas­civille mu­sic video Blues in Red.

His theatre work in­cludes Lay Me Down Softly, directed by Billy Roche which was staged in the Tri­cyle Theatre in London, Eoin Colfer’s Lords of Love and more re­cently in Deca­dent Theatre’s tour­ing pro­duc­tion of Roche’s The Caval­caders.

He is also a voice-ov er artist and voiced the lead role of Jimmy Brady in the ra­dio drama ver­sion of Billy Roche’s A Hand­ful of Stars, pro­duced by South East Ra­dio which was nom­i­nated for Best Drama at the PPI Na­tional Ra­dio Awards in 2015.

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