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Good Vibrations 2012

Eager to shift thoughts away from the Troubles during the 1970s, music fanatic Terri Hooley (Richard Dormer) opens a record store, 'Good Vibrations', in the heart of one of Belfast's roughest districts.

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Liam Cunningham, Jodie Whittaker
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1 hour, 42 minutes

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Genres Music
Director Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn
Starring Liam Cunningham, Jodie Whittaker
Supporting actors Richard Dormer, Dylan Moran, Andrew Simpson, Karl Johnson, Adrian Dunbar, Killian Scott, David Wilmot, Mark Ryder, Ruth McCabe, Kerr Logan, Demetri Goritsas, Conor MacNeill, Patrick O'Kane, Diarmuid Noyes, Joanna Croll, Niall Wright, Ryan McParland, Michael Colgan
Studio Universal Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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This a real snippit from the underground punk movement in Belfast during the Seventies. I feel that the "Punk" movement was the changing of tides in the music industry and feel that its due for another one!

This beautifully presented black comedy takes a really good look back at this time and portrays it well. The main Character is played extremely well and anyone who loves music and shopped in independent music shops in Belfast in the past thirty years will know who Terry is.

Great sound track, and a great strap line.

"New York has the hair style, London has the jeans but Belfast has the reason"... something along those lines.
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Add it to the pantheon of great music movies, and great British movies - a film which manages to capture not just the essence of punk but - without being sanctimonious or didactic - what it must have meant to kids growing up in the brutal grimness of '70s Belfast. Saying which, it's actually a film full of joy and excitement - the bit when 'Teenage Kicks' finally gets played on Peel brought a tear to my eye, as did the bit when Terri - in many ways the holy fool - sold the rights to Teenage Kicks to Sire Records for £500, enough to get their van fixed. A triumphant movie and a triumphant life, recalling a time when commercial success wasn't the only yardstick of greatness. Loved it.
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Spine tingling.... That's all can say about the feeling I had when Richard Dormer spoke his first lines as Terri.... he had if down to a tee. Refreshing to see a movie come out of Northern Ireland that nods to the Troubles without dwelling on the period on the late 70s and early 80s when there was....a fantastic piece of work I look forward to more creativity from the Team that produced this little gem...
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"When punk rock ruled over Ulster, nobody ever had more excitement and fun. Between the bombings and shootings, the religious hatred and the settling of old schools, punk gave everybody a chance to LIVE for one glorious moment."

Uncle Joe Strummer.

Punk Rock and Punk Rockers have always been misunderstood. Back during the original wave that began in 1976 it was thought punks wanted to kill the queen and burn down your villages, so even though some ill informed (re: ill educated) principals courted controversy, the spirit of punk rock, its ideals and reasons for being, got lost in the mix of the media frenzies and drug deaths et al. Many films and documentaries have been made over the years, some worthwhile, others not so, but all in an effort to either correct the misconceptions of punk rock, or invite interest into a genre of music that made waves that are still being felt today. Good Vibrations the movie is the embodiment of what it was really all about.

The story concerns how Terri Hooley (played by a superb Richard Dormer) believed that music could make a difference, and this even as a soul destroying Civil War raged out on the streets of Belfast. He opened a record shop and formed his own independent record label (the Good Vibrations of the title), and then one day he stumbled on a movement, punk kids who just didn't care about sectarianism, race, creed or colour, they united as one with a love of music, of music with attitude and no hidden agendas. It ticked every box of Hooley's world, forcing him to beg the question of where have these boys been all his life?

I would like to report a Civil War outside!
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Many music based films have been made, but good vibrations is way up near the top for me...I just read richard dormer was the guy who played hurricane ....I took my then girlfriend to see that at in Edinburgh in 2003 in what looked like a storeroom??????..it was spellbinding...I just sent for this film cause I loved the undertones and stiff little fingers, and am old enough to have seen them live ..and to see those singles being wrapped in this film gave me goosebumps.....the energy is great in this film..and Richard...as terri hooley is simply amazing. A cross between robin Williams and from some angles Richard Harris....with the voice of paul ogrady did i mention the music....go on treat yourself.
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He alerted me to this gem in his alternative Oscars list, otherwise I might have missed it. This film is just brilliant at capturing the emergence of punk in Belfast, perhaps inevitably as a reaction to the Troubles and the grim economic climate of Northern Ireland in the 70s and 80s. Of course there are points where the film goes for dramatic effect but it definitely, gloriously captured key moments, like first hearing and experiencing punk and the story of "Teenage Kicks". There was always something unique about punk in Northern Ireland but I never knew what or why - this film goes a long way to explaining that. The finale concert with the anarchic rendition of Sonny Bono's "Laugh At Me" is wonderful - I'd never thought of that pseudo hippy song as a punk number but it works wonderfully. I can't recommend this film enough.
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There are some movies that make you cry - and others that make you want to pogo around your living room with joy - "Good Vibrations" is both of these.

I was in my late teens living in Dublin when the worst of the 'Troubles' raged in the six counties above us (1968 to 1978). We saw it on the news - read about it in the newspapers and felt its horror from a distance. But mostly we wondered how the Hell anyone could live in Northern Ireland - let alone triumph over the bloodshed in their own personal little way. "Good Vibrations" (2012) is about such a man - telling the true story of Terri Hooley - a one-eyed optimistic music-mad won't-take-sides 28-year old who had the barefaced gall to open a record shop on Great Victoria Street in a beleaguered Belfast during the mid Seventies.

In the opening minutes you're reminded by a rapid-moving collage of archive-footage of just how bad it really was in Derry and Belfast - and how often. Sectarian murders, bomb blasts, burnt out businesses and cars - British Troops like an occupying army - the heavy-handed RUC - rifles on the corners and armoured cars patrolling the streets - and public bars with steel cages out front to protect their entrances from ramming. Friends from the Sixties who had been peaceful political activists changed once the bullets and the explosions arrived. Now they were segregated into those who walked down the right side of the Omagh Road (Catholics) and those who used the left side of the footpath (Protestants). Some even joined the hair-shaving kneecapping thug gangs and killing squads that terrorized their own people as well as their religious opposites. Many of his friends just left for London and never looked back.
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