Beset by sectarian conflict, Belfast in the late 1970s hardly seemed like fertile ground for an onrush of musical energy, but Good Vibrations pays thanks to the unbridled enthusiasm of mover and shaker Terri Hooley, who tirelessly encouraged the local punk scene while raising two fingers in the face of the Troubles. Character actor Richard Dormer seizes the moment with his energetic portrayal of the one-eyed dynamo whose eponymous city centre record shop and indie label gave this ‘Alternative Ulster’ its focus, and delivered The Undertones’ Teenage Kicks into the annals of 45rpm immortality. An uplifting reminder that two chords, a terrace-chant chorus and a gobbet of attitude really could make the world a better place.
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