The Drummer And The Keeper

My first feature The Drummer and The Keeper was funded by the Irish Film Board’s Catalyst Scheme and produced by Kate McColgan for Calico Pictures.

In 2017 it premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh, where it won Best Irish First Feature, and at the BFI London Film Festival, and went on to screen at festivals all over the world. It won 18 festival prizes in seven different countries, including Best Film at the Cleveland International Film Festival, Best Foreign Film at the Newport Beach International Film Festival and Silver Prize at the Emden-Norderney International Film Fest.

My script was nominated for Best Screenplay at both the Irish Film and Television Awards and the Irish Writers Guild’s Zebbie Awards in 2018.

The Song Cycle

In 2022, I decided to cycle from Ireland to Glastonbury, playing shows en route, in order to start a conversation about more sustainable ways to tour live music.

On the 19th June, I set off cycling from Pembroke and arrived at The Glastonbury Festival on June 24th. I was joined on trip by my fellow Dogs-body Sean Millar, who shadowed me via public transport, joining me onstage each evening.

I was also joined for this odyssey by intrepid cameraman Céin O’Brien who filmed the agony and ecstasy of the cycle itself as well as our shows each night. This footage was used as the basis for the documentary film, along with interviews and personal & archive footage.

The Song Cycle will be having it’s WORLD PREMIERE at the Galway Film Fleadh on July 12th. Tickets are available here


My first short Delphine was funded by the Irish Film Board’s Short Shorts scheme in 2003. Described by the Evening Herald as “one of the best Irish films of the past decade”, it screened at many festivals around the world and was broadcast on TV in several countries.

My second short Why The Irish Dance That Way was jointly funded by RTÉ and the Arts Council under their Dance On The Box scheme. It was one of nine films selected by New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for Shortfest: Outstanding Shorts from the International Festivals in 2007.

The screenplay for my third short Shoe won first prize in Vail Film Festival (Colorado) and second prize in the Champion Screenwriting Competition (Los Angeles). Having received production funding under the Irish Film Board’s Signatures scheme, the finished film was one the 10 shortlisted in the Live Action Shorts category of the 2011 Academy Awards.

New Projects

My feature film project Bedsitterland, written and to be directed by me and produced by Samson Films (Ireland) and A Private View (Belgium), was selected for the Co-Production market at the 2020 Berlinale.

Blowing In, a new TV project conceived by me, was one of 15 shortlisted for RTÉ / Screen Ireland Storyland initiative in 2021.

In July 2022, my feature film project The Sea Lion was one of the 10 finalists chosen from over 300 entries for the Pitching Competition at the Galway Film Fleadh.

I have been working with various other writers to develop several other television projects, including two arising out of The Story Works (see below).

The Story Works

The Story Works is a company owned and operated by Nick. It was initially established to run the independent TV writers room of the same name set up by him in 2019, and is now used as a production and development vehicle for his independent film and TV projects. The first feature produced by The Story Works, Nick’s documentary The Song Cycle, premieres at the Galway Film Fleadh 2024.

Click here to see some of our current works in progress.

Interested in working with The Story Works? Let’s talk.



In recent years I’ve developed and staged this multi-disciplinary live show, which intertwines live performances of some of my songs, short clips from some of my films, and a “witty and compelling” talk (as one reviewer has described it) to explain how and why I believe that my background in rock’n’roll has taught me to make movies.

SEE:HEAR has been programmed at various prestigious film, music and arts events, including Electric Picnic, the Galway Film Fleadh and FilmFest Bremen.

Fancy bringing SEE:HEAR to your event or organization? Drop me a line.

Sweet & Fresh

Sunday Independent The Drummer & The Keeper

Marches to the beat of its own drum! A great Irish film with heart.

Radio Nova The Drummer & The Keeper

Moving & Fearless

RTE Guide The Drummer & The Keeper
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