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 (email@example.com)
During the concert in the Ulster Hall, a punk is seen wearing a Casualties patch.The Casualties were formed in 1990. See more »
When I look out at youse all gathered here, it confirms something I always felt.
When It comes to punk: New York has the haircuts, London Has the trousers, but Belfast has the Reason!
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Blood and Fire
Written by Winston "Niney" Holness
Performed by Niney The Observer
Licensed courtesy of Trojan Records/Sanctuary
Music Group under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
Published by New Town Sound Limited See more »
Committments style feel good gritty film
A good film to go and see. The protagonist, Terri Hooley, is a self obsessed music lover who stumbles across punk while running his independent record shop in Belfast in the late 70's early 80's and goes about promoting and recording punk bands from Northern Ireland.
The acting is great, great script and unlike the Commitments this is a true story.
Positives: Filmed in colour and atmosphere that portrays the era. The subtle humour and the last line of the movie which I will not give away but will stand as a great movie quote.
Negatives: Adrian Dunbar's wig - Cheap is not the word for it.
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