Good Vibrations played to a packed audience at the Town Hall on Saturday, and was attended by directors Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn; producers David Holmes and Chris Martin; editor Nick Emerson, and Terri Hooley, on whose life story the film is based.
Good Vibrations also opened the Belfast and Karlovy Vary film festivals where it has garnered rave reviews.
A Canderblinks Film, Revolution Films and Treasure Entertainment co-production with BBC Films, Irish Film Board and Northern Ireland Screen, Good Vibrations is the story of Belfast music legend Terri Hooley, played by Richard Dormer (Five Minutes of Heaven). Also starring are Jodie Whittaker (One Day, Attack the Block), Liam Cunningham (The Guard, Clash of the Titans) and Dylan Moran (Sean of the Dead, Run Fatboy Run).
Hooley founded the Good Vibrations record store from which a record label sprung, representing bands such as The Undertones, Rudi and The Outcasts. The project is directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa (Cherrybomb) and Glenn Leyburn from a script by Glenn Patterson and Colin Carberry. Chris Martin, Andrew Eaton, Bruno Charlesworth and David Holmes, who also supervised the music, produce. Rock band Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, Jonny Quinn and Nathan Connelly, who have known and loved Terri for many years, are executive producers.
Terri Hooley is a radical, rebel and music-lover in 1970s Belfast, when the bloody conflict known as the Troubles shuts down his city. As all his friends take sides and take up arms, Terri opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and calls it Good Vibrations. Through it he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the city’s nascent underground punk scene. Galvanising the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community, an alternative Ulster, to bring his city back to life.