Good Vibrations, a biography of Terri Hooley - Ireland's Godfather of Punk - has been described by outspoken film critic, Mark Kermode, as "[one of his] favourite films of the year" – and it's easy to see why – it's got heart, soul and a great soundtrack.
Like the acclaimed music biography 24 Hour Party People, which recounted the life of music mogul Tony Wilson and his great influence on the "Madchester" scene of the 1980s and 1990s, Good Vibrations depicts the life of the maverick Hooley, who became the founder of the iconic 'Good Vibrations' record shop and label, which helped shaped Belfast's underground punk-rock scene in the 1970s.
Importantly, within the film, we see how that without Hooley, the late John Peel may never have heard what became his all-time favourite song - "Teenage Kicks", the debut single by The Undertones.
However Hooley's many accomplishments were marked by professional and personal failings, from bad business deals to a crumbling marriage. But Hooley remains an endearing character for the audience, thanks to Richard Dormer glinty-eyed performance. Jodie Whittaker is also commendable as Ruth, Hooley's long suffering wife.
If you are a fan of music biopics, such as Control and Velvet Goldmine, Good Vibrations is a must see; it is a vibrant and energetic portrait of a true underdog, who unwittingly provided a sense of community and hope to a disillusioned generation.