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‘Shooting for Socrates’ Now Filming in Belfast
28 Nov 2013 : by Julie Browne
Irish actors Art Parkinson and Ciarán McMenamin star in 'Shooting for Socrates'.
Shooting is currently underway in Belfast on ‘Shooting for Socrates’, about the 1986 World Cup in Mexico when Northern Ireland played Brazil.

The New Black Films production has been filming in locations throughout Belfast for the past two weeks.

The scenes are being recreated at Windsor Park, the home turf of the Northern Ireland Football team.

The film is named after Brazilian footballer Sócrates de Souza who played in the 1986 match against Northern Ireland.

The cast includes Irish actors Art Parkinson (‘Games of Thrones’, ‘Dracula Untold’), Chris Newman (‘Song for a Raggy Boy’, Saving the Titanic’) and Northern Irish actors Ciarán McMenamin (‘Made in Belfast’, ‘Jump’), Conleith Hill (‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’), Bronagh Gallagher (‘The Commitments’) and Richard Dormer (‘Good Vibrations, ‘Jump’).

The film tells the story of the Northern Ireland’s football history through the eyes of the players, fans and the media.

It follows the lives of football supporter Arthur (Dormer) and his son Tommy (Parkinson) from East Belfast. The lead up to Tommy’s 10th birthday mirrors the build up to the day the Northern Ireland team play their greatest match against Brazil.

It also stars Scottish actor John Hannah (‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’).

The film is directed by James Erskine (‘The Human Face’) and produced by Victoria Gregory (‘Senna’, ‘Man on Wire’). It was written by Erskine and Maria Jones.

The film is supported by Northern Ireland Screen and is set to be released in May 2014, to coincide with next years’ World Cup in Brazil.

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