Good Vibrations is the amazing story of Belfast music legend Terri Hooley, the man responsible for discovering The Undertones and recording Teenage Kicks, giving alternative music a chance to flourish in Belfast during the darkest days of Northern Ireland’s Troubles. Richard Dormer (Five Minutes of Heaven) stars alongside Jodie Whittaker (Attack The Block, Venus). The film premiered at the London Film Festival in October at the Odeon West End, Leicester Square. Good Vibrations is released in the UK and Ireland by The Works UK Distribution on March 29, 2013.
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 city’s 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.
Heartwarming and uplifting, Good Vibrations was a hit at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh where it won Best Irish Feature, it also received the Audience Award at the Belfast Film Festival and opened Karlovy Vary. It features performances from Liam Cunningham (The Guard, Clash of The Titans), Adrian Dunbar (Ashes to Ashes, Mo), Dylan Moran (Run Fatboy Run, Sean of the Dead), Andrew Simpson (Notes on a Scandal), Mark Ryder (Albatross) and Kerr Logan (Game of Thrones) as Fergal Sharkey. It is the second film from Cherrybomb directing duo Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn and scored by David Holmes(Ocean’s Eleven, Analyze That); Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, Jonny Quinn and Nathan Connelly, who have known and loved Terri for many years, are executive producers. Producers are Chris Martin, Andrew Eaton, Bruno Charlesworth and David Holmes.