Galway Film Fleadh 2012 Cinema Review: Good Vibrations

DIR: Lisa Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn • WRI: Glenn Patterson, Colin Carberry • PRO: Andrew Eaton, Chris Martin • DES: Derek Wallace • DOP: Ivan McCullough • ED: Nick Emerson • Cast: Jodie Whittaker, Richard Dormer, Dylan Moran


The sold-out Town Hall Theatre rang out with Belfast-twanged whoops when this film was introduced – this being the first in the series of ups and downs that the screening would deliver.


A chronicle of Terri Hooley’s life, Good Vibrations is the tale of how one chancer/record-shop owner was an instrumental player in bringing the punk movement to Belfast. Terri (with one eye) grew up in Belfast and decided to open his shop, Good Vibrations, in Victoria Street, one of the most bombed streets in Belfast, during the height of the Troubles .


As well as being a hub for music buffs, Good Vibrations was also home to a record label which was for responsible for launching the career of bands such as The Undertones, Rudi, and The Outcasts. As Terri’s obsession with music grew his relationship with his remarkably tolerant wife started to fall apart, and he ended up in quite a bit of trouble.


After the credits rolled the real-life, and certainly larger than life, man himself graced the stage. Terri Hooley wowed us with a rowdy and touching speech, in which he included the fact at one point he had leave the cinema to have a cry –and of course a pint. Another thing his appearance definitely established was what an utterly fantastic job Richard Dormer did at portraying him on screen. His accent and mannerisms were eerily accurate. His charm and warmth on screen was a massive contrast to his performance in Jump, which graced the same screen the evening before.


A charming, uplifting alternative to the usual bleak portrayal of ’70s Belfast, Good Vibrations is a skillfully assembled film that really showcased a fantastic cast. The music is utalised perfectly and gives an exciting lift to the film, to the point where you’ll be bopping in your seat. For the most part the plot avoids the Cinematic Underdog clichés and just works perfectly as a warm tribute to an extraordinary man.


Gemma Creagh


‘Good Vibrations’ Raises Curtain on the 12th Belfast Film Festival

Stars from the local and international entertainment industry will flock to the Ulster Hall tonight for the highly-anticipated World Premiere of Good Vibrations – the opening premiere of this year’s Belfast Film Festival. The film’s cast and crew will be joined by special guests such as Snow Patrol for a Gala red carpet evening.


Good Vibrations is the locally filmed biopic of record shop owner and godfather of Northern Ireland’s 70s punk music scene Terri Hooley. The film boasts an ensemble cast of local actors including Richard Dormer as Terri Hooley, Michael Colgan and Adrian Dunbar.


The film’s creative team also hails locally with husband and wife directors, Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn; scriptwriters Glenn Patterson and Colin Carberry and David Holmes who worked on the music selection and score. The film was largely shot in the shops and alley ways of North Street, Belfast, where the Good Vibrations Record Store was established.


Tickets for the World Premiere have been in such high demand that Belfast Film Festival has arranged an additional screening tonight at the Ulster Hall along with another at the Movie House, Belfast.


Commenting on the Gala Event and the opening screening of the Belfast Film Festival, Michele Devlin, Belfast Film Festival Director said –


“We are absolutely thrilled to be showcasing this landmark premiere on our opening night. Securing Good Vibrations is a real coup for the Belfast Film Festival and shows just how far the city has come. The global interest in this World Premiere is a real indication of the high profile Belfast Film Festival now enjoys and the film’s production demonstrates the world-class level of Northern Ireland’s Film Industry.”


The Belfast Film Festival is funded by Northern Ireland Screen supported by DCAL and by Belfast City Council. To view the full Festival Programme and to book tickets for the screenings and events visit