Irish Film Institute -A Date for Mad Mary

A Date for Mad Mary

Director: Darren Thornton

Joint winner of Best Irish Feature at Galway Film Fleadh 2016, A Date for Mad Mary, based on Yasmine Akram’s theatrical monologue, sees director Darren Thornton make an auspicious feature debut, centred on an exceptional performance by lead actress Seána Kerslake. Upon release following a six month prison sentence, Mary returns home to Drogheda, eager to reunite with best friend Charlene (Charleigh Bailey), for whom she is about to act as maid of honour.

Annoyed by Charlene’s assumption that she won’t have a date for the wedding, Mary joins a dating agency, embarking on a series of disastrous encounters before events take an unexpected turn. However, this is no formulaic rom-com; the focus instead is on female relationships and a character in transition who veers from violent to vulnerable, abrasive to funny, in Kerslake’s admirably nuanced turn.

Notes by Kevin Coyne


Honors – Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking – Acting: Seána Kerslake, Newport Beach Film Festival, 2017
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Film: Charleigh Bailey, IFTA, 2017
Best Film, IFTA, 2017
Best Irish Film, Dublin Film Critics Circle, 2016
Breakthrough Artist – Irish: Seána Kerslake, Dublin Film Critics Circle, 2016
Best Irish Feature, Galway Film Fleadh, 2016

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