THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER TO EXPAND TO FURTHER CINEMAS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Following its fantastic performance at its opening weekend at the Box Office, THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER will expand to further cinemas nationwide.

The film which was released in cinemas on Friday September 8th has been hugely praised by critics, receiving four stars from outlets including The Sunday Times, The Sunday World, RTE.ie, Movies.ie, RTE Guide and Radio Nova.

The Irish Times refer to the film as “an accomplished work,”  The Sunday Times call it “A highly enjoyable, meaningful drama,” The Sunday World notes the “ assured performances from its two exceptional young leads, ”Movies.ie describe it as an “impressive, quietly assured feature debut for writer / director Nick Kelly and RTE.ie compare it to “a home-grown About a Boy.”

Speaking on the reactions so far, director Nick Kelly said “We’re absolutely delighted at all the brilliant reviews and media coverage. The biggest thrill for me is the gut response we’re getting from the audiences in the cinemas. Gabriel and Christopher’s friendship seems to be striking a massive emotional chord. The film is getting lots of laughs, but people are also genuinely very moved by it.”

Written and directed by Nick Kelly, whose short film SHOE was shortlisted for an Academy Award, THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER was produced by Kate McColgan for Calico Pictures (FROM THE DARK), with support from the Irish Film Board.

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.

THE DRUMMER AND THE KEEPER tells the story of the unlikely friendship formed between two young men; Gabriel, a reckless young drummer with bipolar disorder, 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.

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THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER: FIRST LOOK POSTER & TRAILER

THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER tells the story of the unlikely friendship formed between two young men; Gabriel, a reckless young drummer with bipolar disorder, 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.

Written and directed by Nick Kelly, whose short film SHOE was shortlisted for an Academy Award, THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER was produced by Kate McColgan for Calico Pictures (FROM THE DARK), with support from the Irish Film Board.

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 Mc Carthy.

The film will be released in cinemas on September 8th.

Watch the trailer below-

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/229971512

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ExhyLIdEHs

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SECOND FILM FROM ELEMENT PICTURES ADDED TO PROGRAMME FOR TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER marks the second film from Element Pictures invited to play at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, following the previous announcement on July 25th, that Sebastian Lelio’s DISOBEDIENCE would be added to the programme.

Speaking on the selection at TIFF, Element Pictures Producer Ed Guiney commented that “it’s a real honour to have two films at this year’s Toronto Film Festival with the North American premiere of THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER and the world premiere of DISOBEDIENCE. We are incredibly proud of both films and look forward to screening them to the wonderful Toronto audiences.”

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER is continuing on its international festival run, having picked up the award for Best Screenplay at the closing ceremony of the 70th Cannes Film Festival.

Lanthimos and his regular collaborator, Efthymis Filippou, co-wrote the script, which was shot last Autumn in Cincinnati, Ohio. THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER sees Colin Farrell reunite with Lanthimos following their collaboration on THE LOBSTER  also produced by Element. He stars as Steven, a charismatic surgeon forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart when the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing takes a sinister turn. Nicole Kidman also stars as the wife of Farrell’s character, along with young, Irish actor Barry Keoghan (’71 and DUNKIRK), Raffey Cassidy (TOMORROWLAND), Sunny Suljic (THE UNSPOKEN), Bill Camp (12 YEARS A SLAVE) and Alicia Silverstone (CLUELESS).

The film is financed by Film4 and New Sparta Films along with the Irish Film Board. The project was developed by Element Pictures with support from Film4. HanWay Films is worldwide sales agent with A24 on board as US distributor following its successful release of THE LOBSTER last year.

DISOBEDIENCE marks the English language debut of Sebastian Lelio best known for the hit Chilean film GLORIA (2013). It tells the story of Ronit (Rachel Weisz), who upon returning to her Orthodox Jewish home after the death of her rabbi father, stirs up controversy when she shows an interest in an old childhood friend. The film also stars Rachel McAdams (SPOTLIGHT) and Alessandro Nivola (AMERICAN HUSTLE).

DISOBEDIENCE is financed by Film 4 and Film Nation. It is an Element Pictures/ LC6 Productions / Braven Films production. Film Nation is the worldwide sales agent for the film.

DISOBEDIENCE is directed by Sebastián Lelio and written by Sebastián Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz. It is produced by Frida Torresblanco, Ed Guiney and Rachel Weisz.

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER AND DISOBEDIENCE will be released by Curzon in both Ireland and the UK.

DUBLIN OLDSCHOOL ENROUTE TO THE BIG SCREEN AS PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY BEGINS IN DUBLIN

Principal photography has commenced on the darkly comedic spoken word odyssey DUBLIN OLDSCHOOL, adapted from the highly successful stage play which won critical acclaim both at home and abroad.

Over a drug-fuelled lost weekend in Dublin, Jason (Emmet Kirwan), a wannabe DJ reconnects with his estranged homeless brother Daniel (Ian Lloyd Anderson), a recovering addict.

Dave Tynan (Rockmount/Heartbreak) directs a script co-written with Emmet Kirwan. Michael Donnelly V of MDV and Dave Leahy of Warrior Films produce with Liam Ryan as Associate Producer. Rory Gilmartin is Executive Producer for Element Pictures who will also distribute the film through Element Pictures Distribution.

Emmet Kirwan (Sarah & Steve/Heartbreak) and Ian Lloyd Anderson (Game of Thrones, Love/Hate) reprise their award-winning stage roles and are joined by a superbly talented ensemble including Sarah Greene (Penny Dreadful/Ransom), Seána Kerslake (A Date for Mad Mary/Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope), Mark O’Halloran (Adam & Paul/History’s Future/The Virtues) and Stephen Jones (Red Rock/Love Hate).

Director Dave Tynan is surrounded by a stellar production crew with JJ Rolfe on board as Director of Photography, Production Designer Mark Kelly and SJ Ffrench O’Carroll as Costume Designer.

The shoot will last for 4 weeks, on location, in Dublin City and Wicklow.

DUBLIN OLDSCHOOL is supported by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board, Windmill Lane Pictures, Filmbase along with support from Revenue through the Irish Section 481 Tax Credit.

Synopsis

Join Jason on a chemically enhanced trip through the streets of Dublin as he stumbles from one misguided adventure to another. Somewhere between the DJs, decks, drug busts and hilltop raves, he stumbles across a familiar face from the past, his brother Daniel.

Daniel is an educated homeless heroin addict living on the streets of Dublin. The brothers haven’t seen or spoken to each other in years but over a lost weekend they reconnect and reminisce over tunes, trips, their history and their city. Two brothers living on the edge but perhaps they have more in common than they think.

Principal photography has commenced in Dublin on the darkly comedic spoken word odyssey DUBLIN OLDSCHOOL. Pictured on set are Emmet Kirwan (actor and co-writer) and Dave Tynan (director and co-writer). Adapted from the highly successful stage play which won critical acclaim both at home and abroad the production will film for 4 weeks in Dublin and Wicklow. Photo credit: Allen Kiely.

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THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER: FIRST LOOK CLIP

THE DRUMMER & 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.

Written and directed by Nick Kelly, whose short film SHOE was shortlisted for an Academy Award, THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER was produced by Kate McColgan for Calico Pictures (FROM THE DARK), with support from the Irish Film Board.

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 Mc Carthy.

Catch a glimpse of the film, with this first look clip-

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TZEr1gRLlc&t=10s

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/226279459

ELEMENT PICTURES’ ‘DISOBEDIENCE’ SELECTED FOR TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Sebastián Lelio’s DISOBEDIENCE, produced by Element Pictures (ROOM, THE LOBSTER), has been selected to play at this year’s prestigious Toronto International Film Festival.

DISOBEDIENCE marks the English language debut of Sebastián Lelio best known for the hit Chilean films GLORIA (2013) and A FANTASTIC WOMAN (2016).

Based on the novel by Naomi Alderman, the story revolves around Ronit (Rachel Weisz (MY COUSIN RACHEL)), the estranged daughter of a rabbi, who returns from New York to the Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood she grew up in North London, following her father’s death. Her arrival causes upheaval in the quiet community. The film also stars Rachel McAdams (SPOTLIGHT) and Alessandro Nivola (AMERICAN HUSTLE).

DISOBEDIENCE is financed by Film 4 and Film Nation. It is an Element Pictures/ LC6 Productions / Braven Films production. Film Nation is the worldwide sales agent for the film.

DISOBEDIENCE is directed by Sebastián Lelio and written by Sebastián Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz. It is produced by Frida Torresblanco, Ed Guiney and Rachel Weisz.

ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION ACQUIRE NICK KELLY’S DEBUT FEATURE THE DRUMMER AND THE KEEPER.

Ahead of its sell out World Premiere at the 29th Galway Film Fleadh, Friday July 14th, Element Pictures Distribution is delighted to announce that they have acquired the rights to Nick Kelly’s debut feature THE DRUMMER AND THE KEEPER. The film will be released in cinemas on September 8th.

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.
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 Mc Carthy.

Speaking on the themes of the film, Kelly commented that “Our film tells the story of an unlikely relationship between two very different characters, each with their own very specific issues and challenges. I do believe that for many people, the difference between success and failure in life comes down to a single relationship with one other human being – very often a relationship that you would never have sought, nor wished for, nor even dreamed of in advance.”
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.

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LENNY ABRAHAMSON STARTS SHOOTING THE LITTLE STRANGER WITH DOMHNALL GLEESON, RUTH WILSON, WILL POULTER AND CHARLOTTE RAMPLING

July 6th 2017 marks the commencement of principal photography in the UK of the feature film THE LITTLE STRANGER, based on Sarah Waters’ best-selling novel.

The film is directed by Lenny Abrahamson (Oscar nominated for Best Director for Room) and stars Domhnall Gleeson (Brooklyn) as Dr Faraday; Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson (The Affair) as Caroline Ayres; BAFTA winner Will Poulter (The Revenant) as Roderick Ayres; and Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) as Mrs Ayres.

THE LITTLE STRANGER is a chilling ghost story written by BAFTA nominee Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl) adapted from Sarah Waters’ novel of the same name.

THE LITTLE STRANGER tells the story of Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1948, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked.  The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries.  But it is now in decline and its inhabitants – mother, son and daughter – are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life.  When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how terrifyingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.

The film is produced by Gail Egan (The Constant Gardener), Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland) and Ed Guiney (Room); and executive produced by Cameron McCracken for Pathé, Daniel Battsek for Film4, Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures, Celine Haddad for the Irish Film Board and Tim O’Shea for Ingenious.

Director of Photography is Ole Birkeland (The Crown), with costumes by Steven Noble (BAFTA nominee for The Theory of Everything) and hair and make-up by Sian Grigg (Oscar nominee for The Revenant).  Simon Elliott (The Iron Lady and BAFTA TV winner for Bleak House) is Production Designer.

Pathé will distribute the film in the UK, Ireland, France and Switzerland.  Focus Features acquired the film from Pathé International for distribution throughout the rest of the world. Focus will release the film domestically and Universal Pictures International will distribute THE LITTLE STRANGER in non-Pathé territories.

THE LITTLE STRANGER is a Focus Features, Pathé, Film4 presentation in association with Ingenious Media and the Irish Film Board, of a Potboiler production, in association with Element Pictures. The film was developed by Film4 with Potboiler.

ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION ANNOUNCE THAT BRENDAN MULDOWNEY’S IRISH ACTION-THRILLER PILGRIMAGE WILL BE RELEASED IN CINEMAS ON JULY 14TH

Element Pictures Distribution is delighted to announce that Brendan Muldowney’s PILGRIMAGE will be released in Irish cinemas on July 14th. The Irish action-thriller has wowed festival audiences, following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2017 and its UK premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival on June 24th 2017.

PILGRIMAGE will have its Irish premiere at the 29th Galway Film Fleadh on July 13th  and Irish audiences will have the chance to catch it in cinemas the following day. PILGRIMAGE boasts a stellar cast, including Tom Holland, Jon Bernthal and Richard Armitage. Holland will next be seen as Peter Parker in Marvel’s SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. He also played Parker/Spider-Man in the hit Avengers movie CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR this past year. Bernthal will next be seen in the Netflix Original Series “Punisher” in which he reprises his role of Frank Castle from Marvel’s “Daredevil.”

The film was written by Jamie Hannigan and was produced by Conor Barry and John Keville of Dublin-based production outfit Savage Productions and Benoit Roland of Wrong Men. XYZ Films executive produced the film, with RLJ Entertainment taking domestic rights. The film was shot on location for over seven weeks on the West Coast of Ireland and the Ardennes Region of Belgium, and was developed with the assistance of the Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board and Creative Europe and was financed by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and Wallimage, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles and BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance.

Speaking on the release, director Brendan Muldowney commented that “I’m absolutely thrilled to have Element Pictures Distribution releasing Pilgrimage in Ireland. I’m delighted that Irish audiences will have a chance to see it in cinemas in July after its Irish premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh.”

PILGRIMAGE follows a small group of monks as they undertake a treacherous pilgrimage to escort their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome. But, as the true material, political and religious significance of the relic is revealed, the group’s journey becomes increasingly fraught with danger. Ultimately, the faith that binds the men together threatens to be the very same thing that will tear them apart

WITHOUT NAME ON DEMAND RELEASE JUNE 2ND

From IFTA winning film maker Lorcan Finnegan, Element Pictures Distribution is delighted to announce the Irish & UK On Demand release for WITHOUT NAME on JUNE 2nd

Hailed by The Sunday Independent as “one of the most synaptically arresting horror films in some time” WITHOUT NAME tells the story of Eric (Alan McKenna), a land surveyor hired by a private contractor to assess an isolated woodland location.  Leaving behind his wife and child, Eric is joined in the remote countryside by a younger female research assistant (Niamh Algar) with whom he shares a complicated history.  Beguiled by the forest, the pair go about their work all the while sensing an ominous presence lurking amongst the trees.

Are there really external and sinister elements at play here or is Eric becoming a prisoner of his own thoughts, in this place Without Name?

Directed by Lorcan Finnegan, written by Garret Shanley and produced by Brunella Cocchiglia of Lovely Productions, WITHOUT NAME was funded by the Irish Film Board Catalyst Project scheme.

WITHOUT NAME is available ON DEMAND June 2nd, platforms include:  iTunes, Volta, Virgin Media, Eir, Amazon Video, Sky Store, BT, Microsoft, Sony, TalkTalk, Google Play, Wuaki TV

WITHOUT NAME is also available to pre-order on DVD from Amazon.co.uk

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