Aug 17, 2016

Good Vibrations (2012)

Good Vibrations (2012) movie poster
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. This comedy drama is based on the life of Terri Hooley, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast's punk-rock scene. 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.

A chronicle of Terri Hooley's life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast's punk-rock scene.

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F: The first question that comes to mind is how could anyone live in Ireland during The Troubles? The movie mixes real footage from that period into the story, which helps give you a better feel of the times. And here comes Terri to lighten up and unite the youth of Belfast for brief moments with the power of Punk Rock.

K: Yeah, I didn't know much about the Ireland conflicts and, honestly, I had no idea about what was happening there from the 1970s till the 1990s. Terrible bloody times! And this guy, Terri Hooley, wasn't scared about opening his vinyl store on the "hottest" street at that time. He believed that music could bring peace no matter what you believe and who you are - Catholic or Protestant.

Watch the interview with this punk icon here:

K: "Good vibration" is another film from the UK in our collection. This drama was twice a winner. It won the Galway Film Fleadh Audience Award and The Belfast Film Festival Audience Award and it's based on the true story of 100% music enthusiast and rebel Terri Hoolye. A really good movie made with great accuracy and love by several talented people.

F: I didn't know anything about Terri Hooley and his Good Vibrations record store, but like me, and thanks to him, you might know the famous song Teenage Kicks by the Undertones. It's brilliant how they play that song for the first time in the movie. You get to hear some underground tracks without too much embellishment, which gives the film a true punk rock feeling. Hear the time that John Peel famously played twice in a row, "Teenage Kicks" at the following link:

Watch the interview with Richard Dormer below:

K: This film is all about music, so obviously the soundtrack works wonderfully and through it you can feel the passion that Terri showed for those Irish punk bands and how he wanted this music to reach people. We're now doing the review and listening to "The Undertones", great music! The cast is great, you don't find any famous names on the list, but the actors did an amazing job. What I would like to notice also, is the costume design work, another big pleasure for me in this film! If you want to know more about Terri Holley and his love of music and punk especially, read his book "Hooleygan". 

Here he is reading an excerpt from it:

F: The movie has heart and soul and it's about the power of music and its ability to do good in evil times. Another punk rock true story that you can't miss. 

K: If you can't imagine your life without music and you're willing to learn more about the 70's or you're just a curious person, I highly recommend you to check this movie out.

Krasnaya score: 90/100
Freddy's score: 88/100

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