If ever a film embodied the anarchic, irreverent spirit of Belfast then Good Vibrations is it.
It’s the uplifting 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 1970s Belfast. The film is a perennial favourite with local audiences and is one of the most evocative, iconic representations of the city on screen.
Terri Hooley (Richard Dormer) 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.
Good Vibrations has recently been adapted for the stage by the same writing team behind the film – Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson – for which the pair were nominated for Outstanding Debut at the 2014 BAFTA Film awards.
Pat O’Connor’s legendary 1984 film Cal, based on the novel by Bernard MacLaverty, kept the doors open at QFT when times were hard.
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Stories from the Troubles - Independent documentaries since the 1998 ceasefires.