The charming true story of a record shop and label which brought punk to Belfast during the '70s
The crowd pleasing yet politically charged Good Vibrations is the true story of the record shop and label that brought punk to Belfast during the '70s. Reminiscent of 24 Hour Party People (unsurprising when you consider it’s exec produced by Michael Winterbottom), it blends historical fact with plenty of fourth wall breaking surrealism alongside a background of The Troubles.
There’s lots to like here, with Richard Dormer engaging in the lead as Terri Hooley (the man behind Good Vibrations) and music fans are sure to enjoy the social history of the Belfast punk scene, including the origins of The Buzzcocks and the importance of John Peel, alongside an illuminating examination of the political turmoil of the time. The tone is sometimes uneven but this is great fun and – with a UK distributor on board – it’s worth checking out on release.