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Never mind the Oscars, Good Vibrations has just scooped a Kermode

BY AMANDA FERGUSON

Good Vibrations has won the best film category at the ninth annual Kermode Awards for those gems of movies that get overlooked by the Oscars.

Each year, movie critic Mark Kermode uncovers the best of film throughout the year and then decides who is deserving of one of his own golden gongs in a no-frills celebration of the very best of movie-making talent overlooked by the Academy.

Viewers of Monday night's Culture Show – Forget the Oscar: Here are the Kermodes – saw Kermode, who previously called Good Vibrations "an absolute humdinger with real heart and soul" explain his reasons for choosing the Belfast-made movie for the award.

"It's a film the Academy voters have probably not heard of, which is my own personal favourite film of the year," he said.

"It may not have set the box office alight, but this tale of a young soul rebel, forging a path in 70s Belfast certainly was a flame in my heart. It's that rarest of things. A truly great pop movie, made for love not money, by people's whose passion is evident in every frame."

Kermode also said the film, made by Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D'Sa, blends "just the right amount of fact and fantasy".

Good Vibrations tells the story of Belfast punk rebel Terri Hooley, played by Richard Dormer, as he launches a record shop and record label in the 1970s, providing a springboard for bands like Rudi, The Outcasts and The Undertones.

Financed through the Northern Ireland Screen Fund and supported by Invest NI and the European Regional Development Fund, the 103-minute movie has been a huge hit with the small audience it reached.

Last night, Terri Hooley told the Belfast Telegraph he was thrilled Mark Kermode had honoured the film with an award.

"I know he had said it was his film of the year at Christmas but I sat with trepidation watching the Culture Show to see if Good Vibrations had won the Kermode Award," he said.

"I am so delighted it's his film of the year. It's fantastic. I couldn't believe it."

After the Culture Show was broadcast Kermode shared a thank you message with his Twitter followers. "Thanks to all the Kermode Award winners for accepting their strange little Nixon statuettes," he wrote.

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