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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Dobre vibracije  »

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Writer Glenn Patterson got the idea for the film when he bumped into Terri Hooley in a bar in Belfast and was entranced by the stories he told about his past. See more »

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

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

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Written by David Bowie
Performed by David Bowie
Licensed courtesy of RZO Music
Published by Tintoretto Music/RZO Ltd.,
EMI Music Publishing Ltd. and BMG/Chrysalis
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Great film
18 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

I visited Belfast a few years ago and was horrified to see the Wall still standing between Protestant and Catholic parts of the city. A cafe owner told me that until recent years the CBD had to be closed down at night because it was unsafe. I welcomed a movie focusing on the Troubles. I need to know more about it. I love this film. I don't think the film even says what religion or politics Terri Hooley, the record store owner, hails from, because it's irrelevant. He treats people as he finds them. He simply hates violence. As Hooley, Richard Dormer gives a perfect portrayal of a man who is almost aggressively determined to be a peace lover and to follow his passion for music and community. Even though he doesn't get on with his crotchety old father, a communist would-be politician, the father oddly showed Terri a great example in following his own path, being true to himself and standing up to ridicule. Just watching the senseless gang and police violence and explosions, most of it shown to us from actual file news footage, is enough to make Terri realise that music is the way to escape, and to rise above it all, and he brings others along for the ride. Punk is an unlikely vehicle for his vision, but he realises that all these downtrodden youths around him are just like him -- sick of the stupid tit for tat going on and looking for a way to express themselves, socialise and even experience joy. It's a gritty film. In every frame someone is drinking and smoking heavily and committing crimes against fashion. Terri is hopeless with money, and not so great to his wife, but in the final scenes, you realise what heroic things he did achieve. This is even better than The Commitments in that it's more rooted in reality and it rings true in a lot of ways.


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