Irish feature film ‘Good Vibrations’ will open this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on June 29

The Karlovy Vary film festival is one of the oldest in the world instigated in 1946, in the beautiful spa town in western Bohemia, Czech Republic. The festival was originally intended to showcase the films of the recently nationalized Czechoslovak film industry, but after Russia occupation it was for several decades it was dominated by Communist propaganda until the Velvet Revolution in 1989.

This year Irish feature film ‘Good Vibrations’ will receive its international premiere when it opens the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on June 29.

It’s directed by husband and wife team Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn (Cherrybomb) and scriptwriting by Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson. Good Vibrations’ tells the story of Belfast music legend Terri Hooley founder of Good Vibrations record shop and a record label of the same name. Hooley started the label because he believed that Northern Ireland punk bands did not get enough exposure in the UK. The label’s first recording was for a local band called Rudi, a single called “Big Time, which was followed by the signing of bands such as The Outcasts, The Moondogs, The Tearjerkers but it was the signing of The Undertones and the release of Teenage Kick that bought the label and Northern Ireland punk scene international attention. I’m looking forward to seeing that one!

A co-production between Belfast’s Canderblinks Film & Music, London’s Revolution Films and Robert Walpole and Rebecca Flanagan’s Treasure Entertainment, it was funded by BBC Films, Irish Film Board, Northern Ireland Screen, BBC Northern Ireland, Immaculate Conception Films, Matador Pictures and Cinema One.

It stars Richard Dormer in the title role (Five Minutes of Heaven), Jodie Whittaker (One Day), Liam Cunningham (Hunger), and Adrian Dunbar (The Crying Game). DOP on the shoot was Ivan McCullough (The Eclipse) and production design by Derek Wallace (The General

Grabbers is another Irish film screening at Karlovy Vary IFF, Belfast-born director Jon Wright’s horror – comedy, when a peaceful remote Irish fishing village is invaded by enormous bloodsucking creatures from the sea. With islanders turning up decapitated and drained of blood, the inhabitants learn that the creatures they call “Grabbers” are allergic to alcohol, making intoxicated people toxic to eat. Overrun and under attack, the hopeless locals realize that in order to stay alive they’re going to have to band together and get as drunk (interesting thought).

Production designer, Tom McCullagh, music by Matt Platts-Mills, art director, Brendan Rankin, Set decorator  Shane Bunting,  Costume designer by Hazel Webb-Crozier, creature effects Paddy Eason and visual effects supervisor Shaune Harrison

Carol Morley’s ‘Dreams Of A Life co funded by the Irish Film Board will also be screened.

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