Game Of Thrones actor Art Parkinson (represented by Actors First) is currently filming in Belfast on Shooting for Socrates, a film about the 1986 World Cup in Mexico when Northern Ireland played Brazil.
He plays Tommy, the son of football supporter Arthur (played by Richard Dormer) 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.
Nico Mirallegro (represented by Curtis Brown), star of My Mad Fat Diary and The Village, who plays young footballer Davey Campbell, hailed as "the next George Best".
The film is named after Brazilian footballer Sócrates de Souza who played in the 1986 match against Northern Ireland.
November 1985, and the troubled streets of Belfast are torn up by
rioting yet again. In amongst 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 tiny
Northern Ireland will take on the mighty 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 and Brazil. On the football field, eccentric
Northern Ireland coach Billy Bingham must plug together a bunch of
misfits and third divisioners. Brazil are led by none other than the
philosopher-captain (Dr.) Sócrates, who has, in part, inspired the
collapse of his country’s ruthless military junta, and they are the hot
favourites to scoop up football’s ultimate prize. As bunting replaces
bombs on the streets of Belfast, and Catholic and Protestants alike turn
their attention to the big match, Tommy’s dockworker turned philosopher
father Arthur uses his son’s passion for football to enlighten him on
the events that make up his chaotic world. The story interweaves young
Tommy’s coming of age tale with the trials and travails of the hapless
Northern Irish team over the nine months leading up to their ultimate
game, in the stifling heat of Mexico at the world’s greatest festival of
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 New Black Films production has been filming in locations throughout Belfast for the past two weeks.
Shooting for Socrates is supported by Northern Ireland Screen and is set to be
released in May 2014, to coincide with next years’ World Cup in Brazil.