The continuing success of the film Good Vibrations is part of the success story of the arts in Northern Ireland. This biopic about Terri Hooley, regarded as the 'godfather of punk' in Northern Ireland, looks set to be a major hit at the current London Film Festival.
One of the key factors was the initiative of Terri Hooley in championing punk music here in the 1970s, at a time when so much bad news was coming from this province. One of the great values of hindsight is the way in which it helps to put the past in perspective, and Good Vibrations shows that the 1970s in Northern Ireland were not all bad. There was always a little light in the darkness.