“This biopic of Belfast’s godfather of punk is terrific, particularly in its scenes of noisy, pogoing epiphany.” – Guardian
“Go early. Go often. Bring the family.” – Irish Times
A happy, high-spirited movie set against the misery of The Troubles in the 1970s, when Terri Hooley, Belfast’s madcap godfather of punk, opened a record shop on ‘the most bombed half-mile’ in Europe. Stars Richard Dormer of ‘The Fall’.
Directors: Glenn Leyburn & Lisa Barros D’Sa. UK, Ireland, 2012. 102 minutes. Cert: 15A
Terri Hooley is a radical, rebel and music-lover in 1970s Belfast when the bloody conflict known as the Troubles shuts down his city. As all his friends take sides and take up arms, Terri opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and calls it Good Vibrations. Through it he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the city¹s nascent underground punk scene. Galvanising the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community, an alternative Ulster, to bring his city back to life. – Belfast Film Festival 2012
Starring: Richard Dormer, Jodie Whittaker, Karl Johnson, Liam Cunningham, Adrian Dunbar, Dylan Moran
Click here to read The Irish Times review (4 stars).
Click here to read The Guardian review (4 stars).