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by Darren Thornton


‘Mad’ Mary McArdle returns to Drogheda after a short spell in prison for something she’d rather forget. Back home, everything and everyone has changed. Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is maid of honour. When Charlene refuses Mary a ‘plus one’ on the grounds that she probably couldn’t find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong. But her attempts at dating are a disaster and she winds up feeling more alone – until she meets Jess and everything changes.

international title: A Date for Mad Mary
original title: A Date for Mad Mary
country: Ireland
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Darren Thornton
film run: 82'
release date: CZ 2/07/2016, IE 2016
screenplay: Darren Thornton, Colin Thornton
cast: Seána Kerslake, Tara Lee, Charleigh Bailey, Denise McCormack, Siobhán Shanahan, Barbara Brennan, Shauna Higgins, Kyle Bradley Donaldson, Norma Sheahan
cinematography by: Ole Bratt Birkeland
film editing: Tony Cranstoun, Juangus Dinsmore
art director: Michael Moynihan
costumes designer: Alison Byrne
producer: Ed Guiney, Juliette Bonass
production: Element Pictures
backing: Irish Film Board
distributor: Element Pictures, StudioCanal


main awards/selection

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016
Galway Film Fleadh 2016
Best Irish Feature
BFI London Film Festival 2016

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