Delight at Bafta nomination for Good Vibrations writers

A scene from the film Good Vibrations
A scene from the film Good Vibrations

The writers of Belfast movie Good Vibrations have said their BAFTA nomination is a “lovely way to start the New Year”.

Glenn Patterson and Colin Carberry, who wrote the critically acclaimed film telling the true story of Terri Hooley who ran a record shop in the city at the height of the Troubles, have been nominated in the category for Outstanding Debut by a British writer.

Northern Ireland author Glenn Patterson who co-wrote Good Vibrations with Colin Carberry.

Northern Ireland author Glenn Patterson who co-wrote Good Vibrations with Colin Carberry.

Good Vibrations, named film of the year by movie critic Mark Kermode, was released in 2012 after a lengthy struggle to gather enough funding to produce and market the biopic, which includes the moment punk godfather Hooley stumbled across massive hit Teenage Kicks by then unknowns the Undertones.

Glenn said he was delighted to get a call yesterday from Colin – ‘because he gets into work earlier than me’ – who had already seen the news of their nomination online.

“It’s a very Belfast movie,” said Belfast author Glenn. “This is the first time either of us have written for screen and it really was all an adventure.”

The pair, who both work at Queen’s University, are currently working on other projects together including a potential BBC television series. They were equally modest about their achievements, praising all those involved in the making of the film.

Colin said: “It may be a nomination for Glenn and I but really it is a nod to the entire Good Vibrations team.

“It was a very small, little film with a tiny budget and not really much of a marketing push and to be honest when we sat down to write it we wanted to make our favourite film. You just hoped other people would like it, so it was great to see that so many people took it to their hearts as well.”

Colin described the process as having been “a long haul from beginning to end”, but said they were all delighted by the final product.

Asked if they are looking forward to the ceremony next month, Colin said: “I don’t think there will be any worries about us enjoying ourselves that night!”

Other contenders in the category are: Kelly Marcel for Saving Mr Banks, Kieran Evans for Kelly + Victor, Paul Wright and Polly Stokes for For Those In Peril and Scott Graham for Shell.

The winners of this year’s BAFTA Awards will be announced on Sunday February 16 at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden.

The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC One with Stephen Fry hosting.