Good Vibrations (film)

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Good Vibrations
Directed by Lisa Barros D'Sa
Glenn Leyburn
Produced by Chris Martin
Andrew Eaton
David Holmes
Bruno Charlesworth
Written by Colin Carberry
Glenn Patterson
Starring Richard Dormer
Jodie Whittaker
Michael Colgan
Adrian Dunbar
Liam Cunningham
Dylan Moran
Karl Johnson
Cinematography Ivan McCullough
Edited by Nick Emerson
Distributed by The Works
Release dates
  • 29 March 2013 (2013-03-29)
Running time 102 minutes
Country UK/Ireland
Language English [1]

Good Vibrations is a 2013 UK film written by Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson and directed by Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn. It stars Richard Dormer, Jodie Whittaker, Adrian Dunbar, Liam Cunningham, Karl Johnson and Dylan Moran. The film is a chronicle of Terri Hooley's life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast's punk-rock scene. The film was produced by Bruno Charlesworth, Chris Martin, Andrew Eaton and David Holmes. Holmes also co-wrote the soundtrack score.[2]


Terri Hooley (Dormer) is a radical, rebel and music-lover in 1970s Belfast [3] when the bloody conflict known as The Troubles shuts down his city. As all his friends take sides and take up arms, Terri opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and calls it Good Vibrations. Through it he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the city's nascent underground punk scenes. Galvanising the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community, an alternative Ulster, to bring his city back to life.[2]


Release and reception[edit]

Good Vibrations was released on 29 March 2013, following showings at various film festivals. Q magazine rated the film 5/5, while The Observer, The Guardian, The Independent, Time Out all gave extremely favourable 4/5 reviews, with much praise for Dormer's performance as Hooley. Observer film critic Mark Kermode described the film as "an absolute humdinger with real heart and soul" and later described how he was twice moved to tears watching it.[4] Kermode went on to call it the best film of 2013.[5]

The film was the winner of both the Galway Film Fleadh Audience Award and The Belfast Film Festival Audience Award and was nominated for three Irish Film and Television Awards including Best Film, Best Actor for Richard Dormer, and Costume for Maggie Donnelly, winning Best Costume. The film received the award for best script at the 2012 Dinard Festival. The film currently holds a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The screenplay of Good Vibrations received a BAFTA nomination.[6]


Much of the music is provided by bands released by the Good Vibrations label, such as "Big Time", "I Spy" and "The Pressure's On" by Rudi, "Self Conscious Over You", "Justa Nother Teenage Rebel" and "You're A Disease" by The Outcasts and "Teenage Kicks" by The Undertones, as well as Stiff Little Fingers, another Northern Irish punk band around at the same time but not released by the label. The soundtrack also includes songs by The Shangri-Las, Small Faces, David Bowie, Hank Williams and Suicide, among others.


  1. ^ "Good Vibrations". Torino FilmFest website. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "BBC Films Good Vibrations Page". Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Good Vibrations (2012)". Rotten Tomatoes Website. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "I cried at Good Vibrations, admits film critic Mark Kermode". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Kermode Uncut: My Top Five Films Of The Year...So Far". YouTube.
  6. ^ Maureen Coleman, "Good Vibrations misses out on Bafta - dreams of glory dashed", Belfast Telegraph, 17 February 2014.