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Saturday 20 December 2014

Good vibes as cameras roll for Terri Hooley film

Terri Hooley
Terri Hooley
Terri Hooley

Filming gets under way this weekend on Good Vibrations, a biopic based on the story of Belfast punk impresario Terri Hooley.

Shooting is expected to take place in Belfast city centre, where a disused shop has been transformed into Hooley's iconic record store.

Star of stage and screen Richard Dormer is playing the role of Hooley (right), while Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender is understood to be playing a record company executive in the movie.

Joining Fassbender will be his Hunger co-star Liam Cunningham, while it's been rumoured that Steve Coogan and Killing Bono's Robert Sheehan will also feature.

The movie, scripted by writers Glenn Patterson and Colin Carberry, will be directed by Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D'Sa. The pair previously directed the coming-of-age tale 'Cherrybomb'. Londonderry-born Andrew Eaton is on board as executive producer.

Belfast DJ, musician and composer David Holmes ('Ocean's Eleven' and 'Hunger') will provide the score, with backing from Snow Patrol.

Hooley set up the Good Vibrations record store which evolved into a label, signing bands like The Undertones, The Shapes, The Outcasts and The Moondogs.

He is considered one of Belfast's music legends and has been at the centre of several Facebook campaigns to be elected Lord Mayor of Belfast and host of the forthcoming MTV EMA awards.

Speaking about the film, Hooley said that the reality only dawned on him when he visited the production office and saw photographs depicting his life all over the walls.

"It was a bit freaky to begin with, but I'm getting used to it now," he said.

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