Regissör: Darren Thornton
Darren Thornton established the award-winning Calipo Theatre Company in 1995. He has directed numerous stage productions during his tenure as Artistic Director. Recent productions include Chatroom by Enda Walsh, Pineapple by Phillip McMahon and the original stage-production of Ten Dates with Mad Mary by Yasmine Akram. He made his television debut directing the IFTA award-winning Love is the Drug in 2004, a six part comedy-drama series for RTE. His first short film Frankie won the Prix UIP award at the Berlin film festival in 2008 and the European Academy Award for best short film in the same year. His second short film Two Hearts also won the Prix UIP award in 2011 and was nominated for a European Academy Award in 2012. In 2003, Darren established the Sharp Focus film project; a teenage film initiative that runs annually, Sharp Focus enables young people from the North and South of Ireland to work with established filmmakers on the production of original short films that explores the legacy of conflict within their communities. A Date for Mad Mary is his debut feature film.
‘A Date for Mad Mary’ began its life as a one-woman stage show, written & performed by Yasmine Akram and directed by me with my Theatre Company, Calipo. From the outset Mary always seemed to resonate with audiences. Her sharp wit, her anger, and the feelings of fear and frustration that we all experience as we try to transition from one point in our lives to the next – it chimed with a younger audience - who were of a similar age to Mary - and with an older audience, who were looking back at that time in their lives and remembering what those growing pains felt like.
After touring the play around Ireland to the Edinburgh Fringe, we started talking about a movie. By this time Yasmine’s career as a screen actor was taking off and so she entrusted my brother Colin and I with adapting the play into a feature film.