Award-winning film “The Drummer and the Keeper” is Nick Kelly’s first feature.

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Writer/ director Nick Kelly will join Solas Nua and the American Film Festival at the opening of the 13th annual Capital Irish Film Festival.

Produced by Calico Pictures and inspired by Nick’s experiences as both a rock musician and the parent of a child with Asperger’s Syndrome, his first feature The Drummer And The Keeper premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in July 2017, where it won Best Irish First Feature.

After a successful Irish theatrical release it was selected for the BFI London Film Festival, and won Best Feature at the Irish Film Festival London in November 2017.

The Drummer And The Keeper was nominated in 5 categories at the 2018 IFTA Awards, including Best Screenplay for Nick’s script, with Jacob McCarthy winning the prestigious Rising Star for his portrayal of Christopher. Nick was one of three screenwriters nominated in the Best Feature Script section of the Irish Writer Guild’s annual ZeBBie awards 2018.

To date The Drummer And The Keeper has also won the Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award for Best Film at the Cleveland International Film Festival, Best Foreign Film at the Newport Beach Film Festival, the Silver Award in the Score Bernhard Wicki Preis for Best Film at the Emden-Norderney International Filmfest, Best Feature at the Umbria Film Festival, the Special Jury Prize at Filmfest Bremen, Audience Award for Best Feature at the Eureociné Film Festival Nantes, and both the Audience Award and Young Jury Award at the Semaine Du Cineam Britannique in Bruz. Nick was awarded Best Director at the Breaking Down Barriers International Film Festival Moscow.

Nick Kelly began writing and directing award-winning short films in 2003, culminating in his third short Shoe being shortlisted for an Oscar nomination in 2011.

Having qualified as a solicitor and given up his legal career the same day, Nick’s working life has been devoted to creative endeavours. In addition to his work in film, he is a Clio-winning advertising creative, a Choice Music Prize-nominated musical artist and an Ian St. James Award-winning short fiction writer.