Element Pictures Distribution has released the first poster and trailer for Darren Thornton’s A Date for Mad Mary. The film went down a storm with audiences and critics at the 2016 Galway Film Fleadh, sharing the award Best Irish Film with The Young Offenders. The rest of Ireland will get a chance to see what all the fuss is about on September 2nd.

The film tells the story of ‘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 the Maid of Honour. When Charlene refuses Mary a ‘plus one’ for the wedding, on the grounds that she probably couldn’t find a date, Mary is determined to prove her wrong. She throws herself into the local dating scene, in the hope of finding a nice guy who’ll look good in a tux. But finding a date in a town where everyone knows your name, and your reputation, is not going to be easy…

The film stars an ensemble of young Irish actors including Seana Kerslake, Charleigh Bailey and Tara Lee as well as established talent including Denise McCormack and Norma Sheehan, and is written by brothers Darren & Colin Thornton. Kerslake has drawn great praise for her role and won the Bingham Ray New Talent award at the Galway Film Fleadh.

A Date for Mad Mary is produced by Ed Guiney (The Guard, Frank, Lobster, Room) and Juliette Bonass (Glassland, Get Up & Go) and Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures as executive producer. The film, which is backed by the Irish Film Board, Element Pictures Distribution, BAI and TV3, will be released by Element Pictures Distribution on September 2nd. Follow the film on Facebook.

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