Good Vibrations tells the story of Terri Hooley, an owner of a record shop in Belfast in the 1970’s. When he attending a local punk band, he falls flat out in love with punk music and decides to get create a recording label by his own means, to get these unsigned punk bands out to as many people as possible. The most notorious of the groups would be The Undertones and Hooley’s struggle to get Teenage Kicks aired on the radio.
Directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn, Good Vibrations is a heart felt tale that captures Hooley’s love of music and the power that it contains. Hooley the man himself is a loverable if self distructive personalty. Placing all his time and money on trying to reach as meny people to the undiscovered bands that he encounters. Richard Dormer’s performance taps Hooley’s energy and attitude perfectly, while at the same time leaving you caring about his personal life as he neglects his financial troubles and his supporting wife (Jodie Whittaker) who is left to raise their child on her own as Hooley goes off on his exploits.
The film is fairly by the numbers in it’s plot as Hooley’s reckless actions destroys his personal life in favor of chasing dreams and ambitions outside his own needs. The film did remind me of 24 Hour Party People by embracing it’s self fully into the music around he story and Terri’s own fantasies as a country singer. It’s a simple true to life story but its all heart and all soul..