Good Vibrations Starts Shooting -Film based on the life and career of Belfast punk impresario Terri Hooley

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GOOD VIBRATIONS is currently in production and is shooting on location for 5 weeks in Belfast and the Republic of Ireland.  GOOD VIBRATIONS is financed by BBC Films, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board, Northern Ireland Screen, BBC Northern Ireland, Immaculate Conception Films, Matador Pictures and Cinema One. The film is a Canderblinks Film & Music, Revolution Films and Treasure Entertainment production. The Works is handling international sales.


GOOD VIBRATIONS is the story of Belfast music legend Terri Hooley. The film 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).

 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 being 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.

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.

Producers Andrew Eaton and Chris Martin said: “We are absolutely delighted to see this project come to fruition. To be able to tell the story of Belfast’s godfather of punk, Terri Hooley, and to carry forward the resilience and spirit that was shown throughout the 70’s and 80’s Good Vibrations era. This ethos and spirit has been a major driving force in what we have done and will do as a production.”

 Director of Photography is Ivan McCullough (The Eclipse); Production Design is by Derek Wallace (Triage); Costume Design by Maggie Donnelly (Five Minutes of Heaven) and the Editor is Nick Emerson (Cherrybomb). The film is Executive Produced by Joe Oppenheimer (BBC Films), Nigel Thomas (Matador Pictures), Bruno Charlesworth (Immaculate Conception Films), Robert Walpole and Rebecca O’Flanagan (Treasure Entertainment).