A Date for Mad Mary

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Ireland | 2016 | 82 minutes | Darren Thornton

After 20-something “Mad” Mary McArdle is denied a plus-one to her friend’s wedding on the grounds that she doesn’t have one, she becomes determined to find a date, leading to an unlikely relationship that helps heal her troubled past.

"Seldom have the familiar beast of the transition-to-adulthood story felt more engaging"Jessica Kiang, Variety

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In this wonderfully poignant Irish charmer from first-time director Darren Thornton, "Mad" Mary McArdle returns to her suburban Dublin home after six months in gaol for an incident she'd rather forget. Meanwhile, her best friend, Charlene, is soon to be married with Mary set to be her maid of honor, a situation neither woman seems particularly thrilled about. When Charlene refuses Mary a plus-one on the grounds that she probably won't find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong. But her attempts at dating are disastrous, and she winds up feeling even more alone than before until she meets Jess, Charlene's wedding videographer, who, like Mary, is equally adrift around blissfully happy couples. Amid all the wedding madness, Mary and Jess connect, and what starts as a friendship soon becomes more intimate. However, when Charlene learns of Mary's new love, it further complicates their already fraught friendship, and Mary realizes that if she doesn't take responsibility for her life soon, she may lose both Charlene and Jess. As Mary, Seana Kerslake gives a breakthrough performance, investing her character with a foulmouthed charm that manages to be sassy and sardonic, yet vulnerably tender.

Director Biography

Irish director Darren Thornton started in 2004 as the director of the short-lived television series "Love is a Drug", where he also served as writer. He went on to direct two short films, "Frankie" (2007) and "Two Hearts" (2011). A Date for Mad Mary is his first feature-length film.

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  • Director: Darren Thornton
  • Principal Cast: Seána Kerslake, Tara Lee, Charleigh Bailey
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Ireland
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 82 minutes
  • Producer: Juliette Bonass, Ed Guiney
  • Screenplay: Colin Thornton, Darren Thornton
  • Cinematographers: Ole Bratt Birkeland
  • Editors: Tony Cranstoun, Juangus Dinsmore
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Irish Film and Television Awards 2017 (Best Film, Supporting Actress)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Wolfe Releasing
  • International Sales: Mongrel Media