The Man Who Wanted to Fly

BBFC RatingThe Man Who Wanted to Fly

The Man Who Wanted to Fly
CertificateNot Rated
DirectorFrank Shouldice
Running Time1HR 26MINS
Extra Info12+ / Q&A
SeasonMain Programme

The Man Who Wanted to Fly tells the irresistible story of 80-something bachelor farmer Bobby Coote from Cavan, who has had a lifelong dream to fly a plane.

Enlisting the help of his neighbour Sean, the two set out to build their own field of dreams, cutting out a runway in Sean’s farm and even building a hangar.

Bobby will get no encouragement from his brother Ernie, another octogenarian in the Coote family home. Ernie thinks the whole thing is daft but Bobby is determined to take to the skies if it’s the last thing he does. 

Capturing the wonder of one man’s dreams, The Man Who Wanted to Fly is a unique journey into a disappearing border hinterland and a delight from start to finish. 

“Dave Perry's landscape photography, some of it airborne, is a joy, and the two old borderlands bachelors simply doing their thing will induce a broad smile in even the most cynical of viewers.” – KATY HAYES, SUNDAY TIMES

The 6.30pm screening on Friday 3 May will be followed by a Q&A with director Frank Shouldice, along with Gerry Snoddon, Bobby’s flying instructor from Ulster Flying Club.