Good Vibrations (film)

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Good Vibrations
Good vibrations.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Written by
  • Colin Carberry
  • Glenn Patterson
Produced by
CinematographyIvan McCullough
Edited byNick Emerson
The Works
BBC Films
Irish Film Board
Northern Ireland Screen
Immaculate Conception Films
Canderblinks Film
Revolution Films
Treasure Entertainment
Distributed byUniversal indiVISION
The Works
Release date
  • 29 March 2013 (2013-03-29)
Running time
102 minutes
CountriesUnited Kingdom

Good Vibrations is a 2013 UK and Ireland 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. This comedy drama is based on the life of Terri Hooley, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast's punk rock scene. The film was produced by Chris Martin, with Andrew Eaton, Bruno Charlesworth and David Holmes. Holmes also co-wrote the soundtrack score.[2][3]


In 1970s sectarian Belfast in the midst of The Troubles, Terri Hooley (Dormer) is a DJ who opens a record shop "on the most bombed half-mile in Europe". He is a music-lover, idealist, radical and rebel. He is inspired by the new underground punk scene and in turn galvanises the young musicians, branching out into record production and bringing life to the city.[2][3]



Good Vibrations was released on 29 March 2013, following showings at various film festivals.


Q magazine rated the film 5/5,[citation needed] while The Observer,[4] The Guardian,[5] The Independent[6] and Time Out[7] 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.[8] Kermode subsequently named it the best film of 2013.[9]

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 94% based on reviews from 36 critics with an average rating of 6.9/10.[10]


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 screenplay of Good Vibrations received a BAFTA nomination.[11]


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. ^ a b Damon Wise. "Radio Times Films: Good Vibrations Page". Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  4. ^ French, Philip (31 March 2013). "Good Vibrations – review". The Observer. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  5. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (28 March 2013). "Good Vibrations – review". The Guardian.
  6. ^ Anthony Quinn (28 March 2013). "Film review: Good Vibrations (15)". The Independent.
  7. ^ Tom Huddleston. "Good Vibrations". Time Out London. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  8. ^ "I cried at Good Vibrations, admits film critic Mark Kermode". The Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Kermode Uncut: My Top Five Films Of The Year...So Far". YouTube.
  10. ^ "Good Vibrations (2012)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  11. ^ Coleman, Maureen (17 February 2014). "Good Vibrations misses out on Bafta - dreams of glory dashed". Belfast Telegraph.

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