There's a terrific new movie out later this month called Good Vibrations. It tells the story of Terri Hooley - the man who discovered The Undertones and their single Teenage Kicks - arguably one of the greatest pop records ever recorded.

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  • Comment number 23. Posted by Fordy

    on 7 Apr 2013 21:11

    Watched this film today at the Electric Birmingham.
    Very good, hopefully the increase the dates. It was only on for this weekend.

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  • Comment number 22. Posted by Brian Hutton

    on 4 Apr 2013 18:01

    This is a superb film..I saw at my favorite cinema...The Curzon Soho. Its just a magical experience a brilliant performance by Richard Dormer as Terri Hooley...whom I never head till now...but his influence was definatley with me during all those school discos.

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  • Comment number 21. Posted by Steve

    on 31 Mar 2013 21:03

    I saw Good Vibrations last night at a very special screening with a lot of the crew including the directors and Terri Hooley himself.

    While I was collecting my tickets for the screening about one hour before the show started Terry burst through the cinema doors and shouted "I'm here for the booze, the drugs and the hookers!" He is still such a character.

    The movie was terrific. Coming from someone who is actually from Belfast I was so happy with the all of the performances, locations and the many nuances that would take someone from Belfast or someone savvy with the city to spot.

    I did cry tears of happiness when we first heard Teenage Kicks on the radio. I felt like standing up grabbing my friend and jumping around to the music.

    I wasn't alive for most of the troubles but my parents were, and its ripples are felt everyday. I have always thought to myself that it will be music, art, films, comedy, theater etc. that will bring everyone together to celebrate something we all have in common.

    Your name was mentioned a few times during the director's discussion of the film and reception. Everyone involved is moved that the film has been received so well in so many countries around the world. So I want to say thank you Mark for championing the film, even though I wasn't involved. It means a lot personally and to my wee city. The Northern Ireland film industry has a real 'humdinger' that sheds light on a dark period of history.

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  • Comment number 20. Posted by David Pascoe

    on 23 Mar 2013 00:53

    That's all very well, Mark but we really need to see you playing the guitar solo from A Good Heart one of these days. All together now:

    "So please be gentle with this heart of miiiiiiiiinnne. YEAH!" (cue Mark)

    ;o)

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by GrandiaKnight

    on 21 Mar 2013 09:21

    I was lucky enough to see this film last September while I was covering for a friend's radio show and I still remember every scene. The story was a little bit of a mess which was due to fact the film is a series of incidents rather than one single story. However that doesn't matter. It was a fantastic look at a specific moment in history. It had everything from great characters to fantastic music. It's well worth a watch especially for the last 15 minutes. The ending is really good!

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by babyfacemichael

    on 20 Mar 2013 22:17

    Rather off topic but there are some wonderful fan videos using film footage to great songs. When they work they are fabulous. Theres great use of war movie footage in `Stabilo : Everybody`. I also really like Weezer `We are all on drugs` which has Fifties bomb test footage and a great Bollywood dance.

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by Jon H

    on 19 Mar 2013 14:32

    Saw Good Vibrations last night, thought it was fantastic. Richard Dormer as Terri Hooley is particularly tremendous, and the movie is awash with love for punk and the Belfast scene. Also< I really admire how the directors didn't flinch from showing how Hooley's passion led him to neglect his responsibilities. Felt honest and uplifting.

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by Steve

    on 18 Mar 2013 16:38

    Really looking forward to see this. Going to a special screening on the 30th in Belfast with a director Q&A and Good Vibrations party afterwards. Jameson cocktails will be flowing all night!

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by puss

    on 18 Mar 2013 09:22

    I bought Fergal Sharkey a pint of Guinness at the Marquee when the Undertones came over to plug teenage kicks. Neither of us could understand each other's accents but, hey, music is language enough.
    btw Mark, you are spot on regarding talking when a film's on. Please tell my wife.

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by babyfacemichael

    on 17 Mar 2013 08:25

    One of the best riffs ever. There is footage of them recording the song on YouTube go :`the undertones recording teenage kicks`
    The Buzzcocks, Undertones, Pistols, Clash, Stranglers , now those were the days. One Direction vomited all over it like Goldblum in `The Fly`

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