Athlone Film Club continues its new season on Tuesday September 17 at 8pm in the Dean Crowe Theatre with the uplifting Irish film, Good Vibrations that will appeal to movie and music lovers alike.
The film chronicles the story of Terri Hooley, a radical, a rebel and a music-lover in 1970s Belfast, when the bloody conflict known as the Troubles shuts down his city. As all his friends take sides and take up arms, Terri opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and calls it Good Vibrations.
Through it he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the city’s nascent underground punk scene. Galvanising the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community, an alternative Ulster, to bring his city back to life. Backed by a fantastic soundtrack, and a great cast of Irish actors, Good Vibrations is a must-see Irish film
A charming, uplifting alternative to the usual bleak portrayal of 70s Belfast, Good Vibrations is a skilfully assembled film that really showcased a fantastic cast. The music is utilised perfectly and gives an exciting lift to the film, to the point where you’ll be bopping in your seat. For the most part the plot avoids the cinematic underdog clichés and just works perfectly as a warm tribute to an extraordinary man.
Joining the film club is easy, just come along and sign up for great value membership of €10 euro, every subsequent film is then €7. There will be complimentary wine in the theatre bar for members at 7.30pm prior to the film’s screening at 8pm.
What better way to spend an autumn’s evening!