“Instantly lovable ... beautifully performed, warm yet melancholic” – Variety “Seána Kerslake is incandescent…triumphant ... a contemporary character study of some genius” – Irish Times “When the film swings onto Kerslake’s confused features, or Lee’s wistful performances, all the script’s love and longing come alive. Mad Mary is a special girl indeed.” – Screen Daily “The young Irish actress (Seána Kerslake) blossoms in the care of Darren Thornton’s simple, lovable but oh-so-slightly barbed directorial debut.” – The Guardian

Upcoming Screenings

  • Outflix Film Festival, Memphis, TN - Sep. 13th at 8:30 PM [info & tickets]
  • Cinema Diverse Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, Palm Springs, CA - Sep. 24 3:15 PM [info & tickets]



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.


  • Directed by: Darren Thornton
  • Starring: Seána Kerslake, Tara Lee, Charleigh Bailey, Denise McCormack, Siobhán Shanahan