Darren made his television debut directing the IFTA award-winning Love is the Drug, a six part comedy-drama series for RTÉ. His first feature film A Date for Mad Mary (adapted from the stage-play) was produced by Element Pictures and won Best Irish Feature Film at Galway Film Fleadh 2016. His short film Frankie won the Prix UIP award at the Berlin film festival and the European Academy Award for best short film. Two Hearts, another short, also won the Prix UIP award and was nominated for a European Academy Award.
For stage Darren founded the award-winning Calipo Theatre Company with whom he directed numerous stage productions as Artistic Director including Chatroom by Enda Walsh, Pineapple by Phillip McMahon and the original stage-production of Ten dates with Mad Mary by Yasmine Akram.
Screenplay by Colin Thornton and Darren Thornton
Juliette Bonass, Ed Guiney
Seána Kerslake, David Thornton, Tara Lee