Top 365 Films – #274 – Good Vibrations (2013)

Top 365 Films - Good VibrationsDIRECTED BY: Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn

STARRING: Richard Dormer, Jodie Whittaker, Liam Cunningham, Dylan Moran, Killian Scott, David Wilmot, Mary Ryder, Andrew Simpson, Karl Johnson, Adrian Dunbar and Ryan McParland


EARNED (Worldwide): $0.5m

AWARDS: None (BAFTA Nomination for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer)



A chronicle of Terri Hooley’s life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast’s punk-rock scene.


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.


Good Vibration was one of the feel good films of 2013, showing the effect the power of music had in a troublesome time and how it was an escape for a generation, treating the story about Terri Hooley with empathy and humour and covered with a kickass soundtrack with Richard Dormer in terrific form as Terri Hooley himself, a man passionate for his love of music, which ultimately sometimes his family falls victim too. I enjoy the styles that they got right here from Belfast in the 70’s and also the soundtrack, I mean how could you not love that?


FAVOURITE SCENE: Terri and Ruth just miss John Peel playing The Undertones ‘Teenage Kicks’ until John Peel does something he’s never done before….and plays it again.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘New York has the haircuts! London has the trousers! Belfast has the reason!’ – Terri Hooley

DID YOU KNOW?: In the first music recording studio scene in the movie when the actor Richard Dormer playing Terri Hooley manages to get a slot to record the single Big Time by Rudi there is an accordion player in the recording booth in the background. The accordion player is the real Terri Hooley in a cameo appearance.

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