Director: Lisa Barnes D'Sa / Glenn Leyburgh
Starring: Richard Dormer, Jodie Whittaker
Good Vibrations is an award winning Irish comedy set in quasi war torn Belfast 1978 and is based on the endeavours of legendary Terri Hooley (Richard Dormer) who lived in a time and place where venturing outdoors was dangerous. Hooley was a music lover who set up a record shop and record label (naming them both Good Vibrations) in the most bombed street in Belfast. He signed up a punk rock band and eventually revolutionised the punk rock scene in Belfast while fierce conflicts were peaking.
Known as the “Godfather of Rock” Hooley was responsible for restoring nightlife in Belfast. He was an optimist not concerned with making money but just living for the moment and enjoying himself while his city was being bombed around him.
Good Vibrations is not a hilarious “laugh out loud” movie as proclaimed. It is however, witty, energetic and triumphant, set to a background of conflict and unrest, as the police, army and punks fought on the streets at every opportunity.
Dormer is perfectly cast as Hooley and the rest of the supporting cast are likeable. The “head banging” rock soundtrack is enjoyably loud and audience members will inadvertently find themselves tapping their feet to the music.
Actual footage of the religious/political upheaval known as “The Troubles” is intertwined in the film enhancing the realism and also stressing the danger of the times, resulting in a film which is insightful and entertaining. JAKE