Feature Films

Shooting for Socrates

You’ll get a kick out of Shooting for Socrates.


James Erskine


  • Conleth Hill
  • John Hannah
  • Nico Mirallegro
  • Art Parkinson
  • Bronagh Gallagher
  • Richard Dormer
  • Aaron McCusker
  • Ciarán McMenamin
2014, 91 mins, UK
Comedy | Sport | Family

Shooting for Socrates is a joyous UK-produced underdog soccer story set in troubled Belfast, Ireland, against the backdrop of the 1986 World Cup. In a divided Northern Ireland, nine-year old Tommy’s passion for football and his father Arthur’s teaching of Greek philosophy is mirrored against a big day for the country’s feeble football team. The team comprises a collection of misfits with conflicting beliefs that barely function together. Despite this, they are pitted against the powerhouse team from Brazil which is led by politician, philosopher and football genius Socrates de Souza. In a truly David and Goliath scenario, can Ireland briefly reunite to overcome this modern day giant in the greatest match they will ever play?

Recalling this true story through the perspectives of the players, fans and the media, Shooting For Socrates is about following your dreams, no matter where you come from, and losing your heart to the “beautiful game”.

Australian Premiere
    • Belfast Film Festival 2014