How to banish the blues... spend a night in alternative Ulster with the magnificent Good Vibrations
Published 29/03/2013 | 00:00
Finally – coming to a cinema near you.
It's one of Northern Ireland's most talked about movies, garnering five-star reviews from Hollywood directors and film critics and prompting standing ovations from Galway to Moscow.
Now – after almost a decade in the making – local audiences will finally get the chance to see Good Vibrations, as the music flick hits cinemas across the UK and Ireland tomorrow.
With many parts of Northern Ireland still blanketed in snow, this feelgood movie about an alternative Ulster in the darkest days of the Troubles will warm even the most cynical of hearts.
And its subject, Terri Hooley says he never thought he'd still be around to see the film's big screen release.
Distributed by The Works, Good Vibrations tells the story of Belfast music legend Hooley and his fight to give Northern Ireland's punk scene a chance to flourish at the height of the Troubles.
Directed by Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn, it stars Richard Dormer as Hooley, Jodie Whittaker (currently starring in ITV drama Broadchurch), Liam Cunningham, Adrian Dunbar, Dylan Moran and Killian Scott.
The movie premiered as part of Belfast Film Festival last year and has since shown at festivals across the globe, where it has gone down a storm. It also featured at the London Film Festival in October at the Odeon West End, Leicester Square.
And while the acclaimed movie has been picking up celebrity fans, the public have had to wait for their chance to see it.
Former Happy Days actor Ron Howard, the director behind blockbusters such as Cocoon and A Beautiful Mind, took to Twitter to rave about Good Vibrations
"Saw a terrific new Irish indie based on true story called Good Vibrations," he said. "Inspiring, funny, great music and character moments. Look for it."
And uber-critic Mark Kermode has been supportive of the movie and tweeted: "Let's make the world a slightly better place by making it a hit."
He was in turn thanked via Twitter by Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody, who was executive producer along with bandmates Nathan Connolly and Jonny Quinn.
Speaking ahead of its Good Friday release date, Hooley said: "I'm very excited and nervous at the same time. I just really hope that the public like the film.
"To be honest, I never thought I'd still be alive to see this day. The film was 10 years in the making, from the very first time I sat telling my story to Glenn Patterson (co-writer with Colin Carberry) to its big screen release.
"We turned down two Dublin companies who wanted to make the movie because we wanted to get the right people to do it, and in the end, we did. The film has gone down really well wherever it's been shown. I'm just a bit worried about the Belfast audiences and what they'll think of it. But I hope they enjoy it as much as everyone else."
The film will show at 16 cinemas including Derry, home of The Undertones, who were discovered by Hooley.
A spokeswoman for Good Vibrations said: "We're confident people will get behind this movie. It's an emotional, uplifting story about one man who rages against the machine and so far, everyone who's seen it has loved it."
Good Vibrations is scored by Belfast's David Holmes and produced by Holmes, Chris Martin, Andrew Eaton and Bruno Charlesworth.