Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations

Lisa Barros D'Sa (2012)

98min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The sectarian struggles of Northern Ireland in the late 1970s would seem an unlikely backdrop for a feel-good comedy drama, but this storming biopic of Belfast music promoter Terri Hooley is an exciting reminder of the prevailing power of rock. Hooley (Richard Dormer) is a small-time DJ who launches a record shop on a wing and a prayer, branching out into record production when unsigned local bands start pouring through his door. None - save the Undertones, whose song Teenage Kicks was a flagship release for Hooley's Good Vibrations label in 1978 - ever really dented the charts, but this unruly, charming film isn't so much bothered with Hooley's success on a grand scale as it is with the way he reinvigorated a city at war with itself. With Hooley as Pied Piper, the film shows how the city's music fans did everything the politicians couldn't, coming together - all faiths and backgrounds - to beat an unlikely, beer-sodden path for the peace process to follow.

Summary

Premiere. A music lover in 1970s Belfast opens a record shop while his city is torn apart by the Troubles. His business introduces him to the city's underground punk scene, and he becomes one of the key figures in creating an alternative subculture to the violence around him. Fact-based drama, starring Richard Dormer, Jodie Whittaker, Liam Cunningham and Dylan Moran.

Cast & Crew

Terri Hooley Richard Dormer
Ruth Jodie Whittaker
Dave Michael Colgan
George Karl Johnson
Davy Liam Cunningham
Andy Adrian Dunbar
Pat Dylan Moran
Young Terri Hooley Cathal Maguire
Director Lisa Barros D'Sa
Director Glenn Leyburn
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: The WorksGuidance: Swearing, drug abuseAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 29 Mar 2013
Drama