A Date for Mad Mary

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A Date for Mad Mary
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Irish poster
Directed by Darren Thornton
Produced by Juliette Bonass
Ed Guiney
Written by Darren Thornton
Colin Thornton
Starring Seána Kerslake
Tara Lee
Charleigh Bailey
Denise McCormack
Barbara Brennan
Siobhan Shanahan
Susie Power
Cinematography Ole Bratt Birkeland
Edited by Tony Cranstoun
Juangus Dinsmore
Irish Film Board
Element Pictures
Distributed by Element Pictures Distribution
Release date
2 July 2016 (KVIFF)
2 September 2016 (Ireland)
Running time
92 minutes
Country Ireland
Language English

A Date for Mad Mary is a 2016 Irish drama film, directed by Darren Thornton.[1] It won two Irish Film & Television Awards, including Best Film.


The film is adapted from Yasmine Akram's one-woman play 10 Dates with Mad Mary (2010). Darren Thornton, who directed the original play, adapted and directed this, along with his brother Colin.[2]


"Mad" Mary McArdle is released from prison and tries to reconnect with friends in Drogheda. Her best friend Charlene is getting married and Mary seeks a date to bring to her wedding.


A Date for Mad Mary premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic on 2 July 2016. It won Best Irish Feature Film at the Galway Film Fleadh, while Seána Kerslake won the Bingham Ray New Talent Award. It went on general release on 2 September, to very positive reviews.[3] The Irish Independent said "A Date for Mad Mary is the best Irish film I've seen in a long time, and blends comedy, romance and pathos with extraordinary skill.".[4] Donald Clarke in The Irish Times said it might be "the best Irish release of 2016".[5]


Awards Category Recipients and nominees Result
Irish Film & Television Awards[6] Best Film A Date for Mad Mary Won
Best Director Darren Thornton Nominated
Best Script Darren Thornton and Colin Thornton Nominated
Best Actress Seana Kerslake Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Charleigh Bailey Won


  1. ^ "Further evidence of Irish cinema's 'golden period' seen in Galway".
  2. ^ "A Date For Mad Mary is another Irish film to be proud of".
  3. ^ "A Date for Mad Mary review: A star-making performance".
  4. ^ "'A Date for Mad Mary is the best Irish film I've seen in a long time' - our reviewer gives the lowdown - Independent.ie".
  5. ^ Clarke, Donald. ""A Date for Mad Mary review: the wedding zinger you've been waiting for"". The Irish Times. Irish Times Trust. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  6. ^ "IFTA FILM & DRAMA NOMINEES 2017". Irish Film and Television Academy. Retrieved 10 April 2017.

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