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Donovan (2017)

A recently divorced advertising director tries to be a good father to his young son while being torn apart by his own bipolar disorder.


Jason Bee
7 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Bee ... Donovan Drake
Kelsey Deanne ... Jessica
Raymund C. King ... Dr. Jonas Cray
Damon Carney ... Steve
Bryan Hickey Bryan Hickey ... Tommy
Rebecca Frances Rebecca Frances ... Haley
Grayson Bee Grayson Bee ... Evan Drake
Natalie Ginoble Natalie Ginoble ... Heather
Gavin Bee Gavin Bee ... Donovan (Age 12)
Major Dodge Jr. Major Dodge Jr. ... Donovan (Age 3)
Andrea Cohen ... Donovan's Mother
Major Dodge ... Donovan's Father
Van Quattro ... Dr. Grant
Alvis Lewis ... Miles
Jena Waldron ... Elizabeth


Creative-advertising director, Donovan Drake constantly wavers between a brilliant mania and crippling despair. Recently divorced and despite limited visitation, he strives to be a good father to his young son while keeping up with new responsibilities at work due to an exciting promotion. But when the advice of his psychiatrist is met with blatant opposition by his new girlfriend, Donovan quits his treatment and decides to beat his condition on his own terms. Written by Jason Bee

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Release Date:

29 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Arlington, Texas, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


To further explore the character of Donovan Drake, Jason Bee started a YouTube channel called "Donovan Drake's: My Blank Slate," where he would vlog as Donovan about his life events months before the film takes place. There were 26 episodes and the final post is the teaser to the film. See more »


Donovan Drake: When I was a boy, I had superpowers.
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Features The Photon Effect (2010) See more »


Written by Tyler O. & Peter Lobo
Performed by Ghost Ovell
Courtesy Tyler O. & Peter Lobo
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Indie Film Powerhouse
13 September 2017 | by dan-900-77608See all my reviews

Being an independent filmmaker means wearing nearly every single hat of production, beginning with the script and someday ending with distribution and promotion. In between all that, there's the movie itself.

First timer Jason Bee brings us a solid feature film containing a realistic look of someone struggling with mental illness yet makes it relateable to virtually anyone ever in a romantic relationship. At its core, Donovan is about taking responsibility for your own decisions and how they affect the people in your life. It's effective and powerful, especially if you've ever had an up close look at mental illness, specifically Bipolar Disorder.

Bee deftly relays these unimaginably difficult experiences to the audience with every scene, situation, character, sentence and facial expression. It's jarring in it's honesty but manages to find places for levity. Most importantly, you care about the characters in this story. You have no choice but to sit and watch and feel and hope and root Donovan on. This movie will last in your mind for a long while after the credits roll.

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