Shooting for Socrates is one of the most talked about films to be showcased at the Belfast Film Festival, with the much-anticipated premiere taking place on Friday night at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.
Rock superstars Snow Patrol have an album in honour of Northern Ireland’s World Cup heroes.
The band – headed up by Bangor-born star Gary Lightbody – are huge football fans.
And when they heard about a movie being made on Northern Ireland’s 1986 World Cup exploits they contacted film bosses asking if they could perform on the soundtrack.
Snow Patrol have been working along with other Northern Ireland bands including The Wonder Villains and A Plastic Rose to produce the soundtrack for Shooting for Socrates.
The film is one of the most talked about to be showcased at the Belfast Film Festival, with the much-anticipated premiere taking place tonight at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.
Members of the squad will be among the sell-out audience.
And thanks to Lightbody and co there will be plenty of rocking tunes to compliment the on-screen action – including favourite Windsor anthem ‘We’re not Brazil, we’re Northern Ireland’.
World Cup 1986 star David Campbell, who is played in the film by Nico Mirallegro, said the band have been “hugely supportive” of the film project.
He told Belfast Live: “Out of the blue, Snow Patrol rang the directors New Black Films in London.
“They said they were big Northern Ireland fans and asked if there was anything they could do to help the movie.
“We were thinking ‘wow, Snow Patrol are ringing us, this is crazy!’.
“They ended up doing seven or eight songs and are putting an album out at the end of the year for the soundtrack of the movie.
“The final song is ‘We’re not Brazil, we’re Northern Ireland’ and Snow Patrol got myself and Gerry Armstrong down to London for it.
“Gerry can sing and is a good entertainer but God forgot to give me any singing talent!
“To get into the feel of it we wore the original 1986 World Cup shirts. Unfortunately a few of us had put on a few pounds in that time! Snow Patrol were just so lovely, so genuine. They couldn’t do enough to help and brought a real special feel to it.”
The David and Goliath story tells the tale of Northern Ireland coming up against the legendary Brazil team – including late captain Socrates – against the backdrop of the Troubles.
Some scenes for the movie, which includes actors like Richard Dormer, Ciaran McMenamin and Conleth Hill, who plays BBC sports presenter Jackie Fullerton, were shot at Windsor Park in South Belfast.
The part of Northern Ireland boss Billy Bingham is being played by John Hannah, star of Four Weddings and a Funeral and Sliding Doors
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