Mad Mary is Ir­ish film of the year

Drogheda Independent - - FRONT PAGE - Fiona MA­GEN­NIS

DE­LIGHTED di­rec­tor Dar­ren Thorn­ton has spo­ken of the mo­ment his film ‘A Date for Mad Mary’ scooped the golden prize at last week­end’s IFTA awards.

‘We’re ab­so­lutely over the moon. It was nom­i­nated in five cat­e­gories so we hoped it might win some­thing but best film is the one that you re­ally want so it was amaz­ing to get that, es­pe­cially as it was up against some amaz­ing films this year.’

IT was a date to re­mem­ber last Saturday as hit lo­cal film ‘A Date for Mad Mary’ scooped the best pic­ture ac­co­lade at the Ir­ish Film and Tele­vi­sion Awards (IF­TAs).

The film, which has gar­nered both crit­i­cal and pub­lic ac­claim since it’s re­lease last sum­mer, was nom­i­nated for five awards at the event, se­cur­ing two af­ter Charleigh Bai­ley also scooped the Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tr­ress award at the event.

Speak­ing to the Drogheda In­de­pen­dent on Mon­day, di­rec­tor Dar­ren Thorn­ton said: ‘We’re ab­so­lutely over the moon. It was nom­i­nated in five cat­e­gories so we hoped it might win some­thing but best film is the one that you re­ally want so it was amaz­ing to get that, es­pe­cially as it up against some amaz­ing films this year.’

He said win­ning the best film award was com­pletely un­ex­pected and a sur­real ex­pe­ri­ence, with nerves and ex­hil­a­ra­tion mixed in with the ex­cite­ment.

‘You’re so would up be­cause you know you might have to speak and you have fam­ily there and you don’t know what you’re go­ing to say and you have to re­mem­ber who to thank,’ he ex­plained. ‘We’re chuffed to have won, it was a bril­liant night. They had a DJ in the Man­sion House and we stayed there un­til about 2.30am, then we headed out to Lil­lie’s Bordello so it was about 6.30am by the time we got home to bed.’

‘A Date for Mad Mary’, which was di­rected by Dar­ren and co-writ­ten with his brother Colin, has won rave re­views since it hit Ir­ish screens last year and the team are hop­ing they can repli­cate that suc­cess in Amer­ica as they pre­pare to travel to San Fran­cisco this week­end for its Amer­i­can pre­miere fol­lowed by a US re­lease in Septem­ber. ‘We’re re­ally ex­cited and re­ally keen to see what the re­ac­tion will be over there.’

The story cen­tres around Mary (Seana Ker­slake) who af­ter a spell in prison, needs to find a date for her best friend Char­lene’s (Charleigh Bai­ley) wed­ding.

‘We’ve been re­ally blessed, it’s one of those bizarre things, usu­ally films di­vide peo­ple but this has been em­braced so much by au­di­ences and its fanbase is very very vo­cal, which is bril­liant for us, and par­tic­u­larly the LGBT com­mu­nity have re­ally em­braced it and said ‘ this is our film’ and they are talk­ing about it on twit­ter and it’s had this sec­ond wave of pop­u­lar­ity al­most.

The West Street scene from Mad Mary

The team be­hind ‘A Date for Mad Mary’ pic­tured with their award at the IF­TAs.

Colin and Dar­ren Thorn­ton with their award for Best Film at the Ir­ish Film and Tele­vi­sion Awards.

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