The Works UK Distribution will release Good Vibrations, the story of Belfast music legend Terri Hooley. The film, which recently opened the Karlovy Vary and Belfast Film Festivals, stars Richard Dormer in the title role (Five Minutes of Heaven), Jodie Whittaker (One Day), Liam Cunningham (Hunger), Dylan Moran (A Cock and Bull Story) and Adrian Dunbar (The Crying Game). Good Vibrations will also screen this Saturday, 14th July, at the Galway Film Fleadh.
The Good Vibrations key creative team hail from Northern Ireland including husband and wife directing team Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn (Cherrybomb). With a script by writers Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson, it is produced by Andrew Eaton (The Trip) and Chris Martin (Peacefire). David Holmes (Ocean's Eleven) is also on the producing team and will provide the score. Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, Jonny Quinn and Nathan Connelly are executive producers.
Speaking to Screen Daily, Laurence Gornall CEO of The Works Film Group said: “Good Vibrations is a remarkable piece of work. We are delighted by the fantastic response the film has received out of Karlovy Vary and we are looking forward to releasing such a fine movie from this exciting directing partnership.”
Terri Hooley (Dormer) is a radical, rebel and music-lover in 1970s Belfast. When the bloody conflict known as the Troubles shuts down his city; his friends take sides and take up arms, or leave the country. But Terri decides to open a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and call it Good Vibrations. It’s a gesture of defiance - but it seems no-one cares. The shop begins to attract a motley band of mouthy kids with a love of loud music and nowhere else to go: Belfast punks. When Terri hears the punk bands play, he hears the lost spirit of his city. Terri has found a mission. He needs to get this music and this energy heard in an outside world that’s written off Belfast. With these bands, he has a shot at resurrecting the city he loves, through the most powerful force he knows: music. Terri and his young punk protégés struggle against the myriad dark forces of the Troubles, and Terri’s own particular urge toward self-destruction, in a bid to create an alternative Ulster, to bring Belfast back to life.
Good Vibrations is financed through the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.