Run Time: 82 min Year Produced: 2016 Rating: Not Rated Language: English Directed by: Darren Thornton Starring: Denise McCormack, Charleigh Bailey, Tara Lee, Seána Kerslake, Siobhán Shanahan
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A DATE FOR MAD MARY tells the story of ‘Mad’ Mary McArdle returning 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 honor. 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.

It is a tough and tender story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days, starring Seána Kerslake (Can’t Cope/Won’t Cope, The Lobster), Tara Lee (Raw, The Fall) and Charleigh Bailey.


Awards & Press Quotes

Best Feature Film
Outshine Film Festival, Miami

Best Film
Irish Film and Television Awards

Best Supporting Actress (Charleigh Bailey)
Irish Film and Television Awards

Director’s Choice Feature
Irish Film Festival Boston

Instantly lovable…beautifully performed, warm yet melancholic– Variety

Seána Kerslake is incandescent…triumphant ….a contemporary character study of some genius- Irish Times