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Lisa Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn, 2012
In 1970s Belfast an affable Irishman called Terri Hooley decided to open a record shop in the middle of the city’s most bombed half-mile. He called it Good Vibrations. This genial biopic of Hooley (winningly portrayed by Richard Dormer) is a love letter to punk and to two of Northern Ireland’s best punk outfits, the Outcasts and the Undertones. Hooley, quite literally, bets the house on the success of his music store dream by mortgaging his wife’s home to fund it. His dire business sense makes for both a shambolic marriage and a riotous film.