The story of Terri Hooley, a pioneer of Belfast’s music community and a man affectionately known as ‘the Godfather of Ulster punk’, has been brought to the cinema with a 2013 Irish film Good Vibrations.
Amid the violence that divided Belfast throughout 1970s and 80s during The Troubles, Terri Hooley sought to bring some peace through the unifying power of music by opening up a record store. Hooley opened Good Vibrations in a derelict building on the most bombed half-mile in Europe. Good Vibrations was a record shop and also a label. Good Vibrations signed local punk rock bands including The Outcasts, Moondogs and, most famously, The Undertones.
Terri Hooley became a champion of the independent DIY music scene in Belfast. His passion and determination is documented in this biopic by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn, which has received critical acclaim in the UK.
Good Vibrations opens in Toronto this Friday, 20 December at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The film is showing three times daily until Thursday, 26 December. More info and tickets are available at TIFF. To mark the 10th anniversary of filmswelike, award-winning documentary filmmaker Ron Mann introduces the 7:15pm screening on 20 December.
Thanks to filmswelike, we are offering one lucky person the chance to win admission for two to see Good Vibrations at Bell Lightbox. One winner will recieve a Run-of-Engagement pass [free admission for 2 people] which can be used once at any of the screenings for Good Vibrations at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
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One winner will be chosen at random. The contest is open until 3pm on Thursday, 19 December. You should live in the Toronto area to be able to attend a screening.
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