Film critic Mark Kermode has said he wants everyone to see the Belfast-made indie feelgood flick Good Vibrations as he lavished praise on the blossoming Northern Ireland film industry.
The respected arts broadcaster was here at the weekend for the closing of the Cinemagic Film and Television Festival for Young People. For the last seven years he has attended the annual event to screen one of his favourite movies — this year it was the 1973 film Jeremy, or as Kermode called it “a weird little lost gem” at the QFT.
He told the Belfast Telegraph attending Cinemagic is a highlight of his year.
“I'm always impressed by how enthusiastic and engaged the Cinemagic audience is,” Mark said.
”Belfast does seem to be very culturally engaged and people want to talk about stuff.”
Kermode has been raving on Twitter and TV about Good Vibrations, a biopic of Belfast punk legend Terri Hooley, which is due out in the new year.
“I love Good Vibrations,” Kermode said. “Every now and then something charms you right out of your seat.
“It's charming and passionate and one of those films I really want people to go and see.”
“I was twice moved to tears,” Mark said.
“It cost very little to make and goes to show you don't need a great big budget.”