Wondering what to do this Bank Holiday weekend? No doubt there will be parties a plenty, but if you’re looking for an audio-visual alternative to pints & parties, why not watch how it was done by the pioneers of the punk scene in 1970’s Northern Ireland.
Good Vibrations is the amazing story of Belfast music legend Terri Hooley, the man responsible for discovering The Undertones and recording Teenage Kicks, giving alternative music a chance to flourish in Belfast during the darkest days of Northern Ireland’s Troubles.
Terri Hooley is a radical, rebel and music-lover in 1970s Belfast, when 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 scene. 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.
It is the second film from Cherrybomb directing duo Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn and scored by David Holmes, Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, Jonny Quinn and Nathan Connelly, who have known and loved Terri for many years, are executive producers.
Good Vibrations opens March 29 2013.