Beardy charmer Terri Hooley sets out to set up a record shop in Troubles-torn Belfast, and ends up shambolic godfather (or at least coolish uncle) of the Northern Irish punk scene. Wry yet sweet, the film is part testament to how punk’s sweaty teenage dynamism won over men of a previous generation. Despite occasional trouble maintaining its own sense of pogoing propulsion, the whole lovingly crafted edifice walks a suitably defiant and rousing line between darkness and light.
Good Vibrations | Directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn (UK, Ireland 2012) with Richard Dormer and Jodie Whittaker. Starts May 8
Originally published in issue #127 May, 2014