BUFS Preview: Good Vibrations

This week, BUFS is pleased to present Good Vibrations.

Terri Hooley may not be a household name, or even one that rings a bell for many music aficionados. Yet, in Belfast in the 1970s, amidst the turmoil and street violence of the Troubles, Hooley found a way to bring people together through their love of music. He has lived as a local legend ever since.

In the film, we meet Hooley (played by Richard Dormer of TV’s Game of Thrones) as a floundering club DJ with a big love for music but no fans or money to speak of. He sees the stress of the constant sectarian violence getting to his friends, and realizes they could use a place to let off steam, so he convinces his wife (Jodie Whittaker, Broadchurch) to mortgage the house so that they can open a record store together. The store, Good Vibrations, takes up its place on one of Belfast’s most devastated and dangerous streets, but that doesn’t keep the music lovers away.

Soon, Hooley finds himself drawn to the budding punk scene. He uses his shop profits, such as they are, to start a record label, which is the early home for greats like the Undertones and the Outcasts. Like so many music geniuses before him, however, Hooley has no head for business, and frequently forgets his responsibilities as a husband, father, son, and shopkeeper.

Dormer is irresistible as Hooley, and up-and-comer Whittaker, comedian Dylan Moran, and character actor Liam Cunningham round out the cast.

Good Vibrations screens Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Landmark Theatres, Pen Centre. Visit brocku.ca/bufs for details.

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