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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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Colin Carberry (screenplay), Glenn Patterson (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jodie Whittaker ... Ruth
Killian Scott ... Ronnie Matthews
Liam Cunningham ... Davy
David Wilmot ... Eric
Richard Dormer ... Terri Hooley
Adrian Dunbar ... Andy
Dylan Moran ... Pat
Kerr Logan ... Feargal Sharky
Karl Johnson ... George
Andrew Simpson ... Getty
Mark Ryder ... Greg Cowan
Demetri Goritsas ... Paul McNally
Ruth McCabe ... Mavis
Conor MacNeill ... Schoolboy Executive
Diarmuid Noyes ... Brian Young
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Storyline

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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dobre vibracije See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$500,168
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The decision to film with anamorphic lenses was to partly reflect Terri Hooley's impaired vision and how he sees the world differently from most people. See more »

Goofs

During the concert in the Ulster Hall, a punk is seen wearing a Casualties patch.The Casualties were formed in 1990. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

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
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Good to see something fresh.
30 April 2013 | by ajbresoSee 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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