Good Vibrations (2012)

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A chronicle of Terri Hooley's life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast's punk-rock scene.


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Credited cast:
Terri Hooley
Ronnie Matthews
Greg Cowan
Paul McNally
Ruth McCabe ...
Mickey Bradley
Diarmuid Noyes ...
Brian Young


In 1970s Belfast, Terri Hooley is an idealistic rocker who finds himself caught in the middle of Northern Ireland's bitter Troubles. Seeing a parallel in the chaos with Jamaica, Hooley opens a record shop, Good Vibrations, to help bring reggae music to his city to help encourage some harmony. However, Hooley soon discovers a new music genre, punk rock, and is inspired by its youthful vitality to become an important record producer and promoter of the local scene. In doing so, Hooley would struggle both with the industry's realities and his chaotic personal life that threaten to consume him. However, he would also be instrumental in creating an alternative Irish community that would bridge his land's religious and social rivalries with an art no one expected. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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Michael Fassbender, Robert Sheehan, Steve Coogan and Bronagh Gallagher were at various times reported to have been cast in this project. See more »


Terri Hooley: When I look out at youse all gathered here, it confirms something I always felt.
Terri Hooley: When It comes to punk: New York has the haircuts, London Has the trousers, but Belfast has the Reason!
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I Saw the Light
Written by Hank Williams
Performed by Hank Williams
Backing track produced by David Holmes
Violin performed by Thomas Lee
Licensed courtesy of Mercury Nashville (USA)
under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing
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An interesting life...
31 March 2013 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

War, poverty, desolation.

When everything looks dismal and negative, how can one escape and persevere? Through music of course.

Terri Hooley had the answer to the misery of his time. By opening a record shop and encouraging locals to create new music he provided an antidote to the gloom and became instrumental in establishing the Belfast punk scene.

Some thought he was mad, but creativity and madness go together and without any regard for consequences he just stormed ahead driven not by materialistic ambition but out of love for music.

An inspiring bio faithfully brought to the big screen, that effortlessly brought a much needed smile to the audience.

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