Darren Thornton

Darren 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 and was nominated for a European Academy Award in 2011. 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. His first feature film ‘A date for Mad Mary’ was produced by Element pictures and won Best Irish film at the Galway Film Fleadh and Best film at the IFTA’s in 2017.

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