Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations charts the emergence and rise of the Belfast punk scene, seen through the eyes of record store and record label owner Terri Hooley. The film could be described as a spiritual brother to Michael Winterbottom’s 24 Hour Party People – but while that film indulges in meta-textual fourth wall destruction, Good Vibrations keeps its dirty boots on the ground.

Socialist-minded Terri Hooley (Richard Dormer), dejected at the loss of old friends as the Troubles create a religious civil war, decides to take his substantial record collection and open a record store on the so-called ‘Bomb Alley’ in downtown Belfast. Terri is energised by the explosion of the punk scene and starts a record label to promote local punk bands like the Outcasts, Protex and famously, the Undertones.

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