Going to watch Good Vibrations on Saturday night at the Lisburn Omniplex was both an uplifting and a crushing experience.
First the positive news. The film is every bit as good as you have been led to believe. Richard Dormer is extravagantly magnificent as Terri Hooley, light years ahead of Daniel Day Lewis's constipated Oscar-winning performance in Lincoln.
However, I am not here to deliver a review of the film. Many more qualified than me have already given their glowing tributes. My point, I am afraid, is rather more depressing.
I have seldom seen the Omniplex as full as it was on Saturday night. Sadly the overwhelming majority of the people were not there to see Good Vibrations. The queues snaked long outside the countless screens showing the usual selection of banal Hollywood tripe. No doubt offerings such as Identity Thief, A Good Day to Die Hard and G.I Joe: Retaliation will live long in the memories of all those who watched them.
When I walked into the screen showing Good Vibrations I thought I had mistakenly dandered into the broom cupboard. Small and poky would be a fair description. I reckon there were about a dozen of us who watched what is probably the best film ever made in Northern Ireland in one of Northern Ireland's biggest cinema chains on its opening weekend in Northern Ireland. To hell with the rest, they don't know what they are missing.
I heard Mark Kermode say on the BBC on Sunday that Good Vibrations is a film which desperately deserves to find an audience. Enough said.