Hooley’s good vibes on film
For northern music fans of a certain vintage – of many vintages, actually – Belfast’s Good Vibrations record shop and label remain legendary institutions. Originally located on Great Victoria Street, the store was the first stop for musos in search of the latest release from shouty men with spiky hair. Founder Terri Hooley later went on to release records by Rudi, The Moondogs and – most famously – The Undertones.
Now, after many years in development, a film on Hooley’s life appears set to crank into production. Good Vibrations (as the film is inevitably titled), will be directed by Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D’Sa – who gave us Cherrybomb – and based on a script by distinguished writers Glenn Paterson and Colin Carberry. It will feature Michael Fassbender in a supporting role, and will begin shooting around Belfast in August. There is, as yet, no word as to who will play Hooley himself.
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