The Man Who Wanted To Fly



Frank Shouldice, Ireland, United Kingdom, 2018, 82’

Bobby and Ernie Coote are brothers from County Cavan who lead relaxed rural lives contented in their daily routines of fixing watches and talking to distant friends on ham radio. All well and good but Bobby has a dream, a dream he’s had all his life – at eightysomething he’s decided he’s going to fly. Not fussed too much by technical details he has an intuitive grip on things mechanical and buys a microlite which he tinkers with: Microlite 1… Bobby Nil. Warned off the tools Bobby finds a friendly engineer who recognises a flying bug when he sees it and resolves to help; to repair the plane to airworthy. With a few flying lessons under his belt Bobby embarks on his first cross country flight as pilot – it’s literally seat-of-the-pants stuff.

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Frank Shouldice, is an award winning journalist and playwright who has been working with the investigations unit of Ireland’s national broadcaster RTÉ. Frank makes his feature documentary debut with The Man Who Wanted to Fly, an affectionate character portrait but with a unexpected Hollywood twist. A published author and winner of Prix Europa for his radio documentary work, Frank’s plays have graced stages all over the world.

Director: Frank Shouldice 

Producer: Trisha Canning, Cormac Hargaden

Camera: Dave Perry

Editor: Emer O’Clery

Music: Giles Packham


SOLD OUT – Saturday 21st July, 5.30pm, The RoadHouse Cinema (Q&A)

SOLD OUT – BEST OF FEST *second screening added* Sunday 22nd July, 7.45pm, The Adam Room Cinema

ADDITIONAL SCREENING *third screening added* Sunday 22nd July, 10.30am, The Adam Room Cinema


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