BFI London Film Festival 2012: 'Good Vibrations' review

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★★★☆☆ Detailing the life of Belfast's Godfather of Punk, Terri Hooley (played with a compelling level of emotion by Richard Dormer), Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn's Good Vibrations (2012) is the story of a man with a very special dream. Hooley, amidst the chaos and confusion of the Northern Irish Troubles, decides that the answer to Belfast's woes is to open a record shop which he named 'Good Vibrations'. Despite the problems of protection rackets, daily riots and roadblocks, the shop went on to birth its own label, consequently representing John Peel favourite The Undertones - who gave us the tune to many an adolescence, Teenage Kicks.

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