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When talented classical pianist Adrian (Cilléin McEvoy), is diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease, his world falls apart. Afraid of the health implications and failing his family, Adrian runs away from home, destination Dublin. Finding a room in shared apartment he meets Will (Jack Fenton), David (Patrick O’Brien) and Jodie (Martina Babisova) aka The Cellmates, a rebellious punk band, who practise what they preach. As a bond forms with his new- found friends, their rock n roll lifestyle and raucous music provide a lively distraction from his troubles. The Cellmates are everything but uptight…will Adrian struggle to adjust, or could he find freedom in their chaos?
Directed by Chiara Viale (Clown, Be Frank), in her feature debut, she was inspired to write the story after her father died having suffered from Multiple System Atrophy, a rare degenerative neurological disorder with symptoms similar to Parkinson's. The film is supported by Young Parkinson’s Ireland and aims to dispel the stigma and shine a light on this rare condition. The eclectic soundtrack includes two original songs composed by Zac Stephenson of Irish band Munky, and dispersed throughout the film's rock and punk vibes are the classical compositions of Mancunian David Sangster, musician and World Parkinson's Congress Ambassador.