Shooting For Socrates

Shooting For Socrates  


Shooting for Socrates is a David and Goliath story set in Belfast against the backdrop of the 1986 World Cup.

Starring John Hannah (Four Weddings a Funeral), Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones) and 2014 BAFTA Nominee Nico Mirallegro (The Village), it tells the story of a momentous time in Irish sport when against all odds, little Northern Ireland found itself centre stage at the world's greatest sporting tournament - the World Cup.

The film weaves together several inter-connected storylines, following the at times heart-breaking stories of the Northern Ireland players, the smallest nation to ever qualify for the World Cup, as they build towards a game against the mighty Brazil. The film is brought to life through the eyes of players, fans and members of the media, be they Sammy McIlroy and goalkeeper Pat Jennings facing their last hurrah, or rookie David Campbell, dreaming of a chance to "wear the shirt".

Back in Belfast, nine-year-old Tommy learns to make sense of his world through his passion for football and his father’s love of Greek philosophy. This is a story of two nations, two teams, and a father and a son, the things that divide them and the things that unite us all. With laughter and passion, this is the ultimate story of the beautiful game and what it means.


"As satisfying as scoring a thirty-yard screamer" - TOTAL FILM

"Charming...even those with little interest in sports will fall in love with it" - THE UPCOMING

Genre: TV Movies, Films, Drama

Sub Genre: Sports, Family, Coming-of-Age, Comedy

Year of Production: 2014

Running Time: 1 x 91-minutes

Available in HD: Yes

Country: UK

Production Company:Northern Ireland Screen presents a New Black Films production in association with 4RIGHTS and RTÉ