Wednesday 31st July 2013. Last night London was jumping to the punk beats of 70s Belfast at a launch party to celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD release of GOOD VIBRATIONS on August 5th. The exclusive event was hosted by Belfast’s godfather of punk Terri Hooley on whom the film is based.
Leading figures from the film and music industry joined Terri to party at the Vinyl Factory in London’s Soho including cast members Kerr Logan (Game of Thrones) and Michael Colgan (The Fall), the film’s producers Chris Martin and Snow Patrol’s Jonny Quinn, Neville Staple from The Specials and 6 Music’s Tom Ravenscroft.
Terri Hooley flew in especially for the event from his home in Belfast where he has recently reopened the Good Vibrations record store for the eleventh time. Terri entertained guests with a lively Q&A after the screening hosted by Timeout’s Dave Calhoun and he praised the filmmakers for telling his story:
“I never thought I’d live long enough to see this film on DVD, I’m so proud to be standing here today and incredibly proud of everyone involved in the film. I hardly went on set as I trusted them to tell my story and it’s so close to what actually happened but it’s not all about me it’s about so many people. The punks are my heroes!”
BBC Radio 6 Music’s Tom Ravenscroft was behind the decks playing seminal tracks from the era and the incredible soundtrack of GOOD VIBRATIONS including The Undertones, The Outcasts, Stiff Little Fingers and Rudi. The event had extra significance to Tom as his Dad, the legendary Radio 1 DJ John Peel, was the first to champion The Undertones’ breakout song ‘Teenage Kicks’. On playing for Terri Hooley, Tom Ravenscroft said:
“The scene in the film where Teenage Kicks is played on Radio 1 gave me goosebumps. The film brought back great memories and so to play for Terri Hooley at the Good Vibrations party was an incredible honour.”
GOOD VIBRATIONS is released on Blu-ray and DVD on 5 August 2013 from Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd.