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Good Vibrations [15]

erri Hooley’s almost single-handed creation of Northern Ireland’s punk scene, while also exploring its sectarian background.

Good Vibrations [15]

A little too easily tagged as Belfast’s 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE, directors D’Sa and Leyburn’s little gem affectionately chronicles record shop owner Terri Hooley’s almost single-handed creation of Northern Ireland’s punk scene, while also exploring its sectarian background.

As the affable but often naive vinyl junkie who discovered The Undertones, The Outcasts and more, Dormer’s performance is a marvellous career best, with Whittaker (VENUS, ATTACK THE BLOCK) also excellent as his more grounded wife.

A perfectly judged cast of Irish thesps and musicians – including an almost unrecognisable Dylan Moran as a dour bar owner – help push the film merrily through the Troubles, ending with Hooley leading a raucous and uplifting, if improbable, version of Sony Bono’s Laugh at Me to a huge, ecstatic Belfast audienceough

Duration:103 mins 
Director: Glenn Leyburn, Lisa Barros D'Sa
Starring: Richard Dormer, Dylan Moran
 

  • Date published: 14th April 2013
  • Written by: Bernadette Griffiths

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