Tones to feature in new movie

Terri Hooley pictured with Undertones Billy Doherty Michael Bradley and John O'Neill.

Terri Hooley pictured with Undertones Billy Doherty Michael Bradley and John O'Neill.

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Filming has just started on a new movie about a Belfast record shop owner closely associated with Derry punk icons The Undertones.

It’s been a decade in the making but at the weekend the cameras started rolling on the new film about the godfather of the North’s punk scene, Terri Hooley.

Hooley’s Good Vibrations shop was a focal point for the punk movement in the North in the late 1970s and became a magnet for members of its leading bands ,including The Undertones.

The Undertones - who, it’s believed, will be depicted in the new movie - were just one of a host of bands signed to the record label bearing the shop’s name.

The Derry band shot to fame after their song ‘Teenage Kicks’ was played twice in one night on legendary Radio One DJ John Peel’s show.

Actor Richard Dormer, acclaimed for his stage performances as snooker star Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins, is to play the role of Hooley in the film.

Leading comedian and actor Steve Coogan is also expected to feature as a record producer in the film, which will be shot in Belfast and Dundalk.

Hooley explained the background to the County Louth town being chosen as a location.

“Belfast has changed a lot in the last 30 years, if you were away 20 or 30 years you wouldn’t know the place at all,” he added. “There are parts of Dundalk that look very much like Belfast in the 1970s.”