Belfast writers Glenn Patterson and Colin Carberry - both staff at Queen’s University - will be waiting excitedly and anxiously for the BAFTA awards ceremony on Sunday night. They were both nominated for an award for their script for the movie Good Vibrations, which follows the struggles of Belfast punk godfather Terri Hooley in promoting Londonderry band The Undertones in the 1970s and their unforgettable song Teenage Kicks, against the backdrop of the Troubles.
The film, which saw Bangor’s Richard Dormer play Hooley, featured a cameo by stand-up comedian Dylan Moran, was directed by husband and wife duo Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D’Sa and was described by film critic du jour Mark Kermode as a “real humdinger”.
The nominated script is full of coolly Belfast-ese humour and is uber witty, Patterson and Carberry having fully captured the black humour favoured in these parts and Hooley’s particular brand of punchy determination to promote the band he believed in. Glenn is a critically acclaimed novelist and creative writing lecturer at Queen’s School of English, and Colin – who has a background in short fiction and arts journalism - works in the university’s accounting department. The Belfast writing duo received their nomination in the category of Outstanding Debut by a British, Writer, Director or Producer.
The winners of this year’s BAFTAs will be announced on Sunday February 16 at the Royal Opera House in London in a glittering and star-studded ceremony hosted by Stephen Fry, which will air on BBC One.