Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville join Northern Ireland-set 'Normal People'

Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville join Northern Ireland-set 'Normal People'
Principal photography will commence in early July in Belfast.

Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List) and Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) are to star in Normal People, a Northern Ireland-set love story based on a script from Irish playwright Owen McCafferty.

Principal photography on the film will start on location in Belfast in early July.

Normal People will be directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn, who helmed another recent Northern Ireland pic, the punk rock record store feature Good Vibrations.

Produced by Canderblinks Films and Out Of Orbit, CAA arranged financing for the project and is representing domestic distribution rights,
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Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville to Headline Bankside’s ‘Normal People’

Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville to Headline Bankside’s ‘Normal People’
Academy Award nominees Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville are set to headline romantic drama “Normal People.” Bankside Films, which is handling international sales and will be pitching the project to buyers at Cannes next month, describes the Ireland-set film as “a story of love, survival and the epic questions life throws at each and every one of us.”

Neeson and Manville star as Tom and Joan, a married couple with an easy relationship and a depth of love which expresses itself through tenderness and humor. When Joan is diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their relationship as the pair face the challenges that lie ahead and the prospect of what might happen in the future. The film is scheduled to begin shooting in early July on location in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Manville joins the production hot off her Oscar and BAFTA nominations for
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Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville Join Indie Romance 'Normal People'

Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville Join Indie Romance 'Normal People'
Liam Neeson and Phantom Thread actress Lesley Manville are teaming up for Normal People, an Ireland-set drama about a couple dealing with the emotional impact of the wife's cancer diagnosis, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn will direct the indie for Out of Orbit and Canderblinks Films, with Bankside Films to start shopping the project to international buyers at Cannes.

Normal People, based on a screenplay by veteran Northern Ireland playwright Owen McCafferty, stars Neeson and Manville as a long-married couple who test their relationship and face an uncertain future when the wife is unexpectedly diagnosed...
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'Adult Life Skills' casting exec launches UK company with Nicolas Cage thriller

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Exclusive: Former Des Hamilton exec launches film and TV outfit Lara Manwaring Casting.

UK casting director Lara Manwaring, who has worked on projects including Nymphomaniac, Adult Life Skills and War Machine, has launched new film and TV casting outfit Lara Manwaring Casting.

The first film of the gate for the company will be Nicolas Cage action-thriller Mandy, currently in pre-production and set to shoot this summer in Belgium.

The film is produced by Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision, Xyz FilmsNate Bolotin and Umedia’s Adrian Politowski with finance from Umedia and Piccadilly Pictures.

Manwaring has been at Des Hamilton Casting since 2009, working on projects including Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur, Channel 4’s Top Boy and Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights.

She served as casting associate on Netflix’s upcoming Brad Pitt satire War Machine and the recent BBC 1 three-part drama Gunpowder.

As casting
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BFI reveals 2016 Vision Awards

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Twenty-two emerging producers to receive up to £2.2m; almost 500 applicants.Scroll Down For Recipients

The BFI has announced the recipients of its 2016-18 Vision Awards, comprising 22 investments in up-and-coming UK producers.

The awards, generally spread over two years, are designed to enable producers to build and develop their companies, slates and creative relationships.

The BFI had intended to give 20 awards but increased that allocation to 22 in response to the number of strong applications it received. Almost 500 companies applied for the awards, which are backed by a total commitment from the BFI of £2.2m of National Lottery funding.

Fifteen of the awards are to women producers or partnerships, while eight of the companies are based outside of London, located in Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and York.

In a bid to foster sustainability, the third iteration of the Vision Awards will include an allowance to cover a producer’s fees and overheads of up to half
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Talking Point at the UK Film Centre: The Difficult Second Film

United Talent Agency’s Bec Smith and director Caradog James were among the speakers discussing how post-first feature directors can make the leap to an international career.

Chaired by Ben Roberts (director, BFI Film Fund), the discussion was held in association with Screen International, and featured Matthew Bates (Sayle Screen), Bec Smith (United Talent Agency), Paul Federbush (International Director, Feature Film Program at Sundance Institute), Caradog James (Little White Lies, The Machine), Glenn Leyburn (Cherrybomb, Good Vibrations)

To view the full length version and other events at the UK Film Centre visit

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Sheridan film among Ifb line-up

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Exclusive: Irish Film Board to back productions including Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture and Tomato Red.

The Irish Film Board is to back productions from Juanita Wilson, Jim Sheridan, Julien Temple and Aisling Walsh in its latest round of funding decisions.

Noel Pearson (My Left Foot) is producing The Secret Scripture, which was announced in Berlin, with Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Redgrave attached, being sold by Voltage Pictures.

It has received this round’s biggest commitment of €600,000 ($820,000). In The Name Of The Father and My Left Foot’s Sheridan is now lined up to direct.

Johnny Ferguson’s adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s novel centres on the relationship between a 100-year-old woman who has been in a mental hospital for half her life and the psychiatrist who tries to understand why she is there. Production is due to get underway later this year.

Octagon Films production Tomato Red from writer-director Wilson (As If I Am Not There) has received
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Gloucester Place completes $20m of financing

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UK film finance outfit has backed 19 productions in the last 12 months.

Gloucester Place Films has completed $20m of independent film financing since its launch.

The UK film finance outfit, a subsidiary of Matador Pictures, has backed a total of 19 productions in the last 12 months with a total production value of around $85m.

Projects backed include John Ridley’s Toronto 2013 and SXSW 2014 title Jimi: All is by My Side, Lisa Barros D’Sa & Glenn Leyburn’s BAFTA nominated Good Vibrations and Andrew Hulme’s Un Certain Regard entry Snow in Paradise.

Nigel Thomas [pictured] of Matador Pictures commented: “We’re delighted that Gloucester Place Films has been involved in the financing of a wide range of prestigious and highly regarded projects – including a BAFTA nominee, and selections for Toronto, SXSW, and Un Certain Regard.

“As a subsidiary of Matador Pictures, filmmakers and producers know that Gloucester Place Films is a safe and supportive financing partner for their projects and we
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Northern Ireland unveils $70m fund

Northern Ireland is hoping to tempt more Game of Thrones-style high-end TV and film productions to the country as part of a new four-year £43m ($71.5m) plan.

Northern Ireland Screen, the region’s funding body, has launched Opening Doors, a scheme running through to 2018 that will see it attempt to develop Northern Ireland into the strongest screen industry outside of London.

The new fund will dramatically increase from the £27.3m ($45.5m) invested between 2010 and 2014 to £42.8m ($71.5m) over the next four years.

CEO Richard Williams said that the previous scheme – Driving Global Growth – has provided a £121m ($200m) return on investment and it hopes the new plan will bring in £250m ($415m).

“The vision is to have the strongest screen industry outside of London within ten years,” he added.

The body also announced Sepia, a brand-new commission from Microsoft’s Xbox Studios that will film in Northern Ireland in mid-May. The TV movie
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The Braddies 2013: Peter Bradshaw nominates his films of the year

Decadence, violence, love and space – Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw shares his fantasy award nomination list for 2013

• The 2012 Braddies

Awards season is now upon us and here, as every year, is my personal fantasy award nomination list for 2013, whimsically called the Braddies, which covers the period running from the beginning of the calendar year to the present. There are 10 nominations in eight categories: film, director, actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, screenplay and documentary.

The reader is invited to nominate the winner in the comments section below, and perhaps to note omissions and evidence that the list betrays suggestions of sociocultural bias.

I like to think that these awards will one day evolve into an actual ceremony with chrome-and-glass statuettes, sponsorship from Sky Atlantic and a televised evening presided over by Dara Ó Briain or Mariella Frostrup. But until then, it exists in a world of fantasy only. And so,
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Competition: Win 'Good Vibrations' on Blu *closed*

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A critically acclaimed, 'must-see' instant classic featuring an incredible punk rock soundtrack, Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn's Good Vibrations (2012) - which follows the true story of indie music god Terri Hooley - is released on DVD and Blu-ray this coming Monday (5 August), courtesy of UK distributor Universal Pictures. To celebrate the film's long-awaited home entertainment release next week, we've been provided with Three Blu-ray copies of Good Vibrations to give away to our loyal, valued readership. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

As a music-lover in 1970s Belfast, Terri Hooley (Richard Dormer) watches on as 'the Troubles' shuts down his city. As all his friends take sides and take up arms, Hooley opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe,
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DVD Review: 'Good Vibrations'

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★★★☆☆ Directors Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn have defied the conventional sobriety of a film about 'the Troubles' in their Belfast-set music biopic, Good Vibrations (2012). Without shying away from the darker aspects of the city in the 1970s, their story is concerned with one man who believed music could make a difference in such distressing segregated times. That man is Terri Hooley, known affectionately as Belfast's 'godfather of punk', who not only opened a record store in the city centre during the height of the hostilities, but founded the label that gave the world The Undertones and their most famous hit, Teenage Kicks.

Hooley's (Richard Dormer) love of music sees him continuing his weekly DJ set in the now empty shell of a bar that, a few years earlier, would have been jam packed with Protestant and Catholic alike. Convinced his passion is a positive and unifying force, he decides
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Good Vibrations DVD Review

Directors: Lisa Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn

Starring: Richard Dormer, Liam Cunningham, Dylan Moran, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Simpson, Mark Ryder

Running Time: 94 minutes

Certificate: 15

Set against the real-life backdrop of political and religious unrest of late 1960s, and 1970s Northern Ireland, Good Vibrations tells the true story of Terri Hooley’s creation of Good Vibrations records and the controversially situated record store he owned. Juxtaposing the feel of Northern Ireland at the time Good Vibrations is bright, breezy and largely fancy-free.

Starring Richard Dormer as the legendary Hooley the film is loaded to the brim with fantastic tunes and nods to the era, but importantly it never forgets the troubles that blighted his store and his wish to develop the Belfast punk scene. The story is enhanced by a Glenn Patterson and Colin Carberry penned script packed with one-liners and laughs which keeps the heavy side of the story enjoyable,
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Good Vibrations DVD Launch Party Report

Often when you sit down to indulge in a biopic about somebody you find exceedingly fascinating, as soon as the picture has finished all you want to do is go and meet the subject themselves and ask countless questions about their life and the film at hand. Well, we had the great pleasure of doing just that – at a special London screening of Good Vibrations to mark its DVD release, where a certain Terri Hooley made a somewhat unforgettable appearance.

Taking place at the Vinyl Factory in Soho, the Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn production was screened to a room full of exuberant fans, who watched on as we see the life of Hooley presented to us on the big screen. With actor Richard Dormer in the lead role, Good Vibrations takes place in Belfast, Northern Ireland in the 1970s amidst The Troubles. Hooley – who took neither side in the religious conflict,
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Artifical Eye & Protagonist Back Latest Microwave Film

Film London announces Lilting, the latest project from Film London Microwave, will be distributed by Curzon Film World’s Artificial Eye in the UK with Protagonist Pictures to manage international sales. A striking feature debut from director Hong Khaou with an all-star cast led by Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Cloud Atlas) and Cheng Pei Pei (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), Lilting explores love without a common language.

Written and directed by Khaou and produced by Dominic Buchanan, Lilting is the eighth film from the successful feature film fund Film London Microwave. Alongside Whishaw and Pei Pei, the film also stars Peter Bowles (Blow-Up, The Bank Job), Morven Christie (House of 9, The Young Victoria) and Andrew Leung (The List).

As part of Film London Microwave’s mentorship component, award-winning film-maker Michael Winterbottom acted as writer/director Khaou’s mentor, while producer Buchanan received guidance and support from his mentor Ken Marshall, the producer of London to Brighton, Filth and Song for Marion.

Curzon Film World’s Artificial Eye is known for its discerning taste in the best of European and world cinema. The label has released more winners of the Cannes Palme d'Or than any other UK distributor, with titles including The Class (2008) and The White Ribbon (2009).

Commercially-minded and creatively-spirited Protagonist Pictures is an international sales company committed to strong relationships with film-makers. Recent highlights in their catalogue include Searching for Sugar Man, Sightseers, The Imposter and Microwave’s Shifty. This year at Cannes they represent The Selfish Giant by Clio Barnard, screening in Directors’ Fortnight, and in the Critics’ Week, Paul Wright’s debut feature For Those In Peril.

Lilting tells the story of a Chinese mother (Pei Pei) as she grieves for her son (Leung) following his untimely death. He was her eyes and ears in the UK, their adopted country, and without him she is stranded. The only person left is his lover (Whishaw) – who she knows only as his flat mate. Together they are forced to overcome their differences and unite in sorrow whilst struggling against the absence of a shared language. An intimate and thoughtful film, Lilting addresses overcoming cultural and generational boundaries, the power of memory, and the lifelines and relationships formed in the face of grief.

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “Lilting is a moving cinematic achievement and I am delighted that it will reach UK audiences through Curzon Film World and that Protagonist will be managing international sales. It is a testament to Microwave’s innovative approach to film-making that its projects attract high-calibre talent and prestigious commercial distributors and sales agents. The scheme’s successful track record is also a result of the Microwave team, who are integral to nurturing and guiding all our film-makers. I am proud to see another Microwave feature proving itself in the commercial marketplace and hope this is only the start of Lilting’s success.”

Louisa Dent, Managing Director of Curzon Film World said: "When we read the script, it was clear that this was something special. There is an emotional urgency that is compelling and honest. Hong is a real emerging talent and his short films marked him out. We knew that the Microwave/Film London team would be great partners on this and with a quality cast it seemed liked a perfect fit for us.”

Mike Goodridge, CEO of Protagonist Pictures said: “I had admired Hong's shorts so it was with great excitement that I watched his first feature Lilting. But Hong exceeds expectations: the film is an accomplished and mature portrait of love and loss, graced by two extraordinary lead performances. The whole Protagonist team was knocked out by it and we are confident it will be embraced by distributors around the world.”

Funded by Film London Microwave, additional finance came from production companies Stink Films and Andy Brunskill’s recently launched Sums Film and Media Ltd., supported by financier/producer Bob & Co, Lim Kay Sui and Neo Swee Lin.

Film London Microwave is a unique training-through-production scheme delivered in partnership with BBC Films and with support from Creative Skillset. Challenging London-based film-makers to shoot a feature film for up to £120,000, Film London Microwave enables talent to thrive in a limited budget with its integrated training programme which offers crucial guidance and mentoring throughout the film-making process.

The Film London Microwave team is made up of Creative Producer Mia Bays, who also acts as the Distribution/Marketing Consultant and Mike Kelly, Business and Finance Producer, alongside Film London’s Talent Development Manager Kevin Dolan and Development and Production Officer Tessa Inkelaar. Film London will soon be appointing a new Head of Talent Development and Production, who will head up the Microwave team.

Encompassing training and development from script to screen and beyond, Film London Microwave has enjoyed excellent results. Last year saw the successful UK theatrical releases of Ben Drew’s iLL Manors, released by Revolver, and Frances Lea’s Strawberry Fields, released through Soda Pictures’ New British Cinema Quarterly programme. Other films produced through the scheme include the BAFTA-nominated Shifty, award-winning horror Mum & Dad, documentary The British Guide to Showing Off, teen drama Freestyle and the yet to be release Borrowed Time which was awarded Best in Fest at the 2012 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

About Film London Microwave

Launched in 2006, Microwave is the acclaimed micro-budget feature film scheme set up by Film London with BBC Films, with support from Creative Skillset. Committed to discovering and investing in emerging London-based film-makers, Microwave backs talented teams with fresh voices and strong stories. A unique ‘apprenticeship’ scheme, it provides an intensive approach to film-making with the emphasis on original ideas, tightly focussed scripts and short production schedules. Film-makers are supported by an extensive training and mentoring programme from development, through production, all the way to the film’s release in the UK and internationally.

In pre production:

Seekers Written by Arinze Kene, directed by Nicole Volavka and produced by Rob Watson.

A thriller set in the world of London's underclass. An African single mother finds new happiness with Jean-Baptiste, a refugee from Rwanda, and their struggle to survive in the big city eases. But a chance sighting of a ghost from the past exposes long buried traumas, which puts their lives in danger and everything they have is threatened.

Completed features:

Mum & Dad (2008) Directed & written by Steven Sheil and produced by Lisa Trnovski. Released Boxing Day 2008 in the UK and Mother’s Day 2009 in North America courtesy of Revolver Entertainment

Shifty (2008) Directed & written by Eran Creevy and produced by Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh. Released on 24 April 2009 in the UK courtesy of Metrodome Distribution. Shifty received a BAFTA nomination for the Carl Foreman Award (Best Debut) in 2010 and 5 Bifa nominations in 2008

Freestyle (2009) a teen romance based around the world of freestyle basketball, directed by Kolton Lee and produced by Lincia Daniel. Released in London and key cities by Revolver in February 2010 and became the first Microwave film to receive a theatrical release in the Us through Phase 4

The British Guide to Showing Off, director Jes Benstock’s Alternative Miss World documentary produced by Dorigen Hammond. Distributed by Verve Pictures in autumn 2011

Strawberry Fields, directed by Frances Lea and produced by Liam Beatty and Lucie Wenigerova, is an intense rites of passage film bursting with energy, sex and humour set during a perfect English summer. It received its World Premiere at the 55th BFI London Film Festival and released by Soda Pictures on 6 July

iLL Manors, written and directed by Ben Drew and produced by Atif Ghani

A unique crime thriller set on the unforgiving streets of London, following six disparate lives, all struggling to survive the circles of violence that engulf them. Released by Revolver on 8 June 2012

Borrowed Time, a bittersweet comedy about growing up and rediscovering youth, written and directed by Jules Bishop and produced by Olivier Kaempfer, starring Philip Davis, Theo Barklem-Biggs and Perry Benson. The film received its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2012 and is set for release in 2013.

Lilting Written and directed by Hong Khaou and produced by Dominic Buchanan

Starring Ben Whishaw and Cheng Pei Pei, Lilting is an intimate and thoughtful film about communication, falling in love and forming relationships without a common language. A mother’s attempt at understanding who her son is after his untimely death, her emotions are stirred up by presence of his partner.

The Film London Microwave team includes Kevin Dolan, Talent Development Manager, Tessa Inkelaar, Development and Production Officer, Creative Producer Mia Bays, who also acts as the Distribution/Marketing Consultant, and Mike Kelly, Business and Finance Producer.

About Film London

Film London, as the capital’s film and media agency, aims to ensure London has a thriving film sector that enriches the city’s businesses and its people. The agency works with all the screen industries to sustain, promote and develop London as a major international production and film cultural capital, and it supports the development of the city’s new and emerging film-making talent. Film London is funded by the Mayor of London, the National Lottery through the BFI, and receives significant support from Arts Council England and Creative Skillset.

About BBC Films

BBC Films is the feature filmmaking arm of the BBC. It aims to make strong British films with range and ambition, bringing the best of British talent to audiences. BBC Films is firmly established at the forefront of British independent filmmaking and co-produces around eight films a year, working in partnership with major international and UK distributors. Christine Langan is the Head of BBC Films, responsible for the development and production slate, strategy and business operations.

Recent releases include Sally Potter’s reflection on troubled friendship Ginger and Rosa currently in cinemas, Ol Parker’s teen romance Now is Good, Fernando Meirelles’ stylish and contemporary drama 360, James Marsh’s heart-wrenching thriller Shadow Dancer, Julien Temple’s documentary feature London – The Modern Babylon, Lasse Hallström’s romantic comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Max and Dania’s kinetic 3D film StreetDance 2, Ralph Fiennes’ contemporary Shakespeare adaptation Coriolanus, Simon Curtis’ comedy drama My Week with Marilyn, Nick Murphy’s supernatural mystery The Awakening, Lynne Ramsay’s adaptation of the Winner for the Orange Prize for Fiction We Need to Talk About Kevin, David Mackenzie’s romantic thriller Perfect Sense, Cary Fukunaga’s modern retelling of Jane Eyre, and James Marsh’s moving documentary Project Nim.

Forthcoming films include Mike Newell’s sumptuous Dickens classic Great Expectations in cinemas 30 November and Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, the wickedly comic Quartet, which will be in cinemas 4 January 2013, and in March Terri Hooley biopic Good Vibrations from directors Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn will feature in cinemas. Also set for a Spring release is Nick Murphy’s gripping thriller Blood.

BBC Films has an impressive back catalogue, which includes titles such as Nigel Cole’s Made in Dagenham, Lone Scherfig’s Academy Award® nominated and BAFTA award-winning An Education; Armando Iannucci’s Academy Award® and BAFTA award-nominated In the Loop; Jane Campion’s Academy Award®nominated Bright Star; and Andrea Arnold’s BAFTA award-winning Fish Tank.

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This week's new films

In The House | Trance | Good Vibrations | 12 In A Box | The Host | GI Joe: Retaliation | One Mile Away | King Of The Travellers | We Went To War | Point Blank | Finding Nemo 3D

In The House (15)

(François Ozon, 2012, Fra) Fabrice Luchini, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ernst Umhauer, Emmanuelle Seigner. 105 mins

A French teacher is instantly drawn in by a student's essay on infiltrating his friend's family, and so are we. Before we know it, we're swept off on a self-reflexive journey into storytelling, voyeurism and ethical boundaries. Both the boy's story and the movie struggle to find an ending, but it's another distinctly "Ozonian" comedy-thriller.

Trance (15)

(Danny Boyle, 2013, UK) James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel. 101 mins

Boyle chucks everything he can (maybe too much) at this twisty, visceral art-heist thriller, which hinges on McAvoy's hypnosis to reveal the whereabouts of a stolen Goya painting. The result is more of a Jackson Pollock.

Good Vibrations (15)

(Lisa Barros D'Sa,
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Good Vibrations: Interview With Terri Hooley

When The Hollywood News calls Terri Hooley, he admits he’s still feeling groggy from a heavy session the night before. “I didn’t get in until four this morning,” he laughs, “I was out celebrating Bob Marley’s birthday!” Thirty-two years after the reggae star passed away, it’s safe to assume anyone celebrating his life with such gusto is serious about music. But 64-year-old Terri Hooley is much more than your typical fan – he’s also the founder of the “Good Vibrations” record label and store, and responsible for putting the spotlight on to some of Belfast’s greatest ever alternative bands. Ask anyone who’s heard of him, and they’re sure to tell you Terri Hooley is Northern Ireland’s godfather of punk.

When Hooley opened the Good Vibrations store in the early 1970s, it was inspired by his childhood passion for reggae, soul, and rhythm ‘n’ blues music.
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Good Vibrations – review

This biopic of Belfast's godfather of punk is terrific, particularly in its scenes of noisy, pogoing epiphany

Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn have directed a terrifically warm and entirely lovable movie about Terri Hooley, Belfast's chaotic godfather of punk. In the 70s, Hooley defied the miseries and ugly tribalism of the Troubles by opening a record shop in the middle of the city, quixotically called Good Vibrations. This tiny store became his tour promotion HQ, as well as the indie record label that put out the Undertones' Teenage Kicks. It was also the base from which Hooley could cultivate his entrepreneurial genius and messianically insist on a new and non-divisive way of thinking about Northern Ireland and its young people. Richard Dormer gives an excellent performance as Hooley, and the moment when he is first ecstatically converted to punk in the middle of a pogoing crowd – not knowing whether
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Film Review: 'Good Vibrations'

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★★★☆☆ Have you ever wondered what you might come up with if you dared to blend 1980's thriller The Long Good Friday with High Fidelity (2000)? You probably haven't, but rest assured that Good Vibrations (2012) would almost certainly be the result. Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn (Cherrybomb) bring us a biopic of Terri Hooley, an integral factor in the rising punk-rock scene of 1970s Belfast, finding hope and inspiration against the backdrop of the Northern Irish Troubles. Labelled the 'Godfather of Punk', Hooley (Richard Dormer) has little care in life for anything but music, causing conflict with his long-suffering wife Ruth (Jodie Whittaker).

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