Shooting for Socrates 

PG | Comedy, Drama, Sport
1 hr 31 mins

In November 1985, the troubled streets of Belfast are torn up by rioting yet again. In among the angry mob, we find nine year old Tommy, nonchalantly dribbling a ball through the insanity.

Whilst politicians argue over the peace process, there's only one thing on young Tommy's football-mad mind - the forthcoming World Cup, where Northern Ireland will take on Brazil. For the South American giants it's just another step on the path to inevitable global domination; yet for Northern Ireland and young Tommy, it's the biggest game of their lives.

They are two countries that couldn't seem further apart: Northern Ireland, with its Orange men and Republican curbstones, the Rev'd Ian Paisley and Fergal Sharkey; and Brazil with its carnival and its Samba, with Pelé, and the 'beautiful game'.

Credits

Actors
Conleth Hill
Art Parkinson
John Hannah
Bronagh Gallagher
Richard Dormer
Stephen Hagan
Nico Mirallegro
Patrick Buchanan
Producers
James Erskine
Victoria Gregory
Director
James Erskine
Writers
James Erskine
Marie Jones

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