Discoverdale, the multi-award winning film debut of Irish comedy rock band Dead Cat Bounce, will be making its Irish Premiere at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh on Friday July 12th. The band will be also be performing at the Film Fleadh party on July 13th.
The fly-on-the-wall mock-documentary follows band members James Walmsley, Shane O’Brien and Damo Fox on a desperate quest across Europe to reunite lead singer Jim with his long lost father, who he believes is the legendary rock singer and Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale. Crossing Ireland, England, Norway & Denmark the penniless band follow the Whitesnake Forevermore tour across Europe, busking the streets of Scandinavia to pay their way.
Directed by George Kane (BBC NI’s Sketchy, BBC3’s Live at the Electric) and produced by James Dean and Chris Carey (Sky Atlantic’s This Is Jinsy, BBC’s Dirk Gently), the film has already picked up five awards on the international festival circuit, including “Best Of The Fest” at the LA Comedy Festival, “Best Narrative Feature” at New York’s Friars Club Comedy Film Fest and “Best Director” at Edinburgh’s Bootleg Film Fest. Its London premiere takes place at the East End Film Festival on July 6th.
Largely improvised, the project was conceived, written, funded and prepped in a ten day period – just in time to begin chasing the Scandinavian leg of Whitesnake’s world tour. David Coverdale and his band were oblivious to the guerrilla film-makers until Dead Cat Bounce’s shameless attempts to confront Coverdale brought them to the attention of Whitesnake’s security team. Eventually, Coverdale and his camp realised what was happening and fully embraced the project. David Coverdale has since endorsed Discoverdale, describing it as “a funny, sweet, laugh-out-loud flick”.
Formed in 2008, Dead Cat Bounce have played the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Sydney Comedy Festival, where they won the Time Out Jury Prize in 2010 and the People’s Choice Award in 2011. Appearing regularly on RTE’s “Republic Of Telly”, the video for their song “Rubgy” has over 1.1 million hits on YouTube and Time Out Syndey has described them as “one of the funniest damn acts on the planet.”