ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY Premiere Good Vibrations★★★★ 10.30pm-12.05am BBC2
Richard Dormer was best known as a stage actor before he was cast as the lead in this uproariously affectionate portrait of record-shop owner turned DIY label boss Terri Hooley in punk-era Belfast. Mark Kermode named it the best film of 2013 and it’s easy to get caught up in its manic, self-starting energy if you care about youth culture. Hooley launched the career of the Undertones, the favourite band of John Peel who put Good Vibrations (shop and label) on the map at a time when Belfast was a pretty tough place to be, but whose music scene was all the more vital for it. With an ear always on the music, co-directors Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn capture one man’s rise to civic success without the artificiality that bedevils rock biopics. Though the dazzling Dormer dominates, Jodie Whittaker, Adrian Dunbar and Liam Cunningham also shine among the mainly local cast. The music’s a shot in the arm, too.
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