Where I Am — Pamela Drynan’s 2013 documentary concerning Philadelphia writer Robert Drake — is now available to stream instantly on Netflix. The film catches up with Drake 15 years after he was severely beaten and left for dead by two men he met in a bar in Sligo, Ireland. More from G Philly:
In January 1999, the unthinkable happened to Philly gay-lit writer Robert Drake. Having traveled to Sligo to research a novel, Drake was assaulted — in his own apartment — by two men he’d encountered earlier that night at a neighborhood bar. The men, who were sentenced to eight years in prison in connection with the crime, left Drake for dead in a pool of blood. Unable to speak for weeks as a result of brain-damaging acute head trauma, and beaten to the point of paralysis, Drake was thought to be the next Matthew Shepard — but unlike Shepard, Drake lived to tell his story. …
Shot in 2010 and 2011 in both Philadelphia and Ireland, the film is a portal into the present-day life of Drake – a glimpse of how he’s coped with the assault more than a decade later. The 69-minute film follows his footsteps through the locales of Ireland where he lived his life leading up to the attack.
You can stream the film instantly on Netflix here. Check out the trailer below: