Shooting For Socrates: Preview of Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh


The 26th Galway Film Fleadh (8 – 13 July, 2014)

Shooting For Socrates

Fri 11th July

Town Hall Theatre


Set in Belfast against the backdrop of the 1986 World Cup finals,Shooting for Socrates stars John Hannah as Billy Bingham, Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones) as Jackie Fullerton and The Commitments’ Bronagh Gallagher. It tells the story of a momentous time in Northern Ireland’s football history through the eyes of players, fans and members of the media.


The film also follows the lives of a passionate football supporter Arthur, played by Richard Dormer (Good Vibrations, Game of Thrones), and his son Tommy from East Belfast. The lead-up to Tommy’s tenth birthday, a momentous day in the life of the young boy, mirrors the build up to the big day for the Northern Ireland team when they play the greatest match of their lives against an indomitable Brazil side. The film also features footage of the legendary “wit and wisdom” of Brazilian footballer Socrates de Souza, a qualified doctor whose passion for drinking and smoking was only bested by his love of football.


Director James Erskine, actor Richard Dormer, footballers Sammy McIlroy and David Campbell of the Northern Ireland 1986 squad and their on-screen counterparts Ciaran McMenamin and Nico Mirallegro will be in attendance.

Director: James Erskine

Cast: Bronagh Gallagher, John Hannah, Conleth Hill, Art Parkinson, Richard Dormer

Script: Marie Jones

Producer: Victoria Gregory


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