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Good Vibrations (2012)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Music | 29 March 2013 (UK)
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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Terri Hooley
Feargal Sharky
Ronnie Matthews
Greg Cowan
Schoolboy Executive
Ruth McCabe ...
Paul McNally


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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Biography | Drama | Music


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Release Date:

29 March 2013 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Dobre vibracije  »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the first music recording studio scene in the movie when the actor Richard Dormer playing Terri Hooley manages to get a slot to record the single Big Time by Rudi there is an accordion player in the recording booth in the background. The accordion player is the real Terri Hooley in a cameo appearance. See more »


During the concert in the Ulster Hall, a punk is seen wearing a Casualties patch.The Casualties were formed in 1990. 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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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2014) See more »


Gangster of Love
Written by Johnny 'Guitar' Watson
Performed by Johnny 'Guitar' Watson
Licensed courtesy of Gusto Records Inc., Nashville Tennessee
Published by Universal/MCA Records Ltd.
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I have been waiting for this movie all my adult life
7 August 2013 | by (belfast) – See all my reviews

I have been waiting for this movie all my adult life. It is a reaffirmation of my personal history and that of my city, Belfast. Punk made Belfast what it is to-day and the energy of the film reflects this. All aspects of the movie excel, but for me personally it is the first accurate, contemporary celluloid portrayal of my community – aggressive black humour, dogged determination underpinned with old fashioned sentimentality and a lack of respect for the Establishment. Protestants in Northern Ireland are often portrayed as rather dour and unaesthetic. Whilst Catholics tend to be seen as more creative and artistic,indeed Catholics are much more successful in the arts than Protestants. This in no way suggests that Protestants are discriminated against in the arts, we are not, but have simply been lagging behind, until now. So it is no mean feat that that the Good Vibrations movie shows the Protestant community in a refreshingly healthy and artistic light. For the benefit of readers from outside of Northern Ireland the two main bands portrayed in the movie and their fans where Protestant as were the initial wave of local punk bands, punk in Northern Ireland originated in the East Belfast Protestant heartland, Terri Hooley (the owner of Good Vibrations) came from the Protestant community, as did his partners in the record shop and the committee set up by Terry to run the famous Harp Bar were Protestant and of course the writers of the movie were Protestants. So I think that it is true to say that the Protestant ethic and history of rebellion fuelled the Northern Ireland punk scene from the start. Well done to all concerned.

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