The Art of Mental Health on Film

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28/07/2018 14:00 - 16:30


Skibbereen Town Hall




2pm: HUM

2.20pm: An Open Door

2.40pm: Panel Discussion

3.10pm: Interval

3.30pm: The Drummer & The Keeper



The Drummer and The Keeper

Written and directed by Nick Kelly

1hr 32mins . Ireland . 2017


Drummer Gabriel (Dermot Murphy), recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, is forced to curb his erratic behaviour when his therapist changes his medication and insists he join a special football team.

When he meets goalkeeper Christopher (Jacob McCarthy), a 17-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome, a fraught relationship gradually develops into a firm friendship as each learns to respect the other’s foibles.



HUM - directed by Nathan Fagan - 19 mins

Diagnosed at 19 years old with schizoaffective disorder - which has been described as the ‘unhappy marriage of bipolar and schizophrenia’ - Kevin Nolan began writing music to regain some of the freedom he’d lost due to his illness.

Hum is an intimate and music-fuelled tour of Kevin’s world.

Kevin Nolan is a member of the West Cork based, International Creative Colony, Baby Forest. He currently has an exhibition of his music, poetry and sound pieces online at Baby Forest: 



An Open Door - Directed by Aoise Tutty . Produced by Tamlyn Griggs. 15 mins.

Join us for this special premiere of An Open Door, a film made by local director Aoise Tutty.

Aoise is also a member of the Baby Forest Creative Colony (

This film centres on Skibbereen's pioneering service at 49 North Street which is making waves in the Mental health world with their co-productive and creative approaches.


Panel Discussion:

Aoise and the founder of 'The Happiness Ensemble', Peter Fitzpatrick, who is featured in the film, will be joined by the chief executive of 'Shine' John Saunders, for a panel discussion which will explore the inextricable link between the Arts and Mental Health. 

Shine is the national organisation dedicated to upholding the rights and addressing the needs of all those affected by mental ill health, through the promotion and provision of high-quality services and working to ensure the continual enhancement of the quality of life of the people it serves.