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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 »



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Credited cast:
Ronnie Matthews
Feargal Sharky
Greg Cowan
Paul McNally
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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Also Known As:

Dobre vibracije  »

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While Terri Hooley may have been a colorful character on the Belfast punk scene, he was never noted for his business acumen. The only record he backed that was a hit was "Teenage Kicks" by The Undertones - he sold the rights to this song for just £500 (in cash) and a signed photograph of 60s band The Shangri-Las. He never got the photo. 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 »


Love You (aka Screw You)
Written by Barrington Frost
Performed by Ram and Sel
Licensed courtesy of Major Minor Records Ltd.
Published by Carlin Music Corp
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30 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

Went to see the film in the lighthouse cinema in Dublin today. I have to say it's great to see a film that brings light on the troubles. It's a sign of the times when a movie like this can be shown today and have great appeal.

All I could think of when watching this was of how if you had to sum up how Northern Ireland and the Republic feel about the troubles it would be to this day how this film feels. At the end of the day it took serious subjects and brought out the good that happened over the past few decades.

Never the less what happened then was a tragedy and will inevitably always be remembered as a tragedy but it's great to see the likes of these films dealing with that sense of community that they had back then.

A few years ago if I was asked "The first thing that comes into your head when you think of Northern Ireland?", most people would say the troubles but over the past few years tourism and the talent that comes out of that country is overwhelming and this is a prime example of how much Northern Ireland has to offer and I'll be sure to keep an eye out for Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn's future work. I also happen to be studying the same course the dop (Ivan McCullough) is studying so crossed fingers I can do work half as good as this.

****** This is a note for the filmmakers. Went to see the film and saw Jim Sheridan. Asked for his opinion and said he thought it was great. ******

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