Published Thursday, 31 May 2012
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The locally-filmed biopic depicts the life of the record shop owner and godfather of Northern Ireland's punk music scene in the 1970s, and was shot largely in North Street where the store was established.
The premiere kicked off this year's Belfast Film Festival and has the backing of the Co Down supergroup Snow Patrol.
It was described by UTV's resident film critic Brian Henry Martin as "perhaps the greatest film night in the city ever".
Good Vibrations features an ensemble cast of local actors, including Richard Dormer as Terri Hooley alongside Michael Colgan and Adrian Dunbar.
The creative team also hails from NI, including husband and wife directors Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn, scriptwriters Glenn Patterson and Colin Carberry and David Holmes on music.
Terri Hooley told UTV that it was a very emotional night, before adding that he cried when he first saw scenes of the film.
It's a brilliant movie made by brilliant people who really cared about the story.
"A lot of people worked for less than they would have got on other films."
He added: "I really have to pinch myself - I can't believe it's all happening."
Film festival organisers said an additional screening has been organised at the Ulster Hall and another at the Movie House due to high demand.
Michele Devlin, Belfast Film Festival Director, said: "We are absolutely thrilled to be showcasing this landmark premiere on our opening night.
"Securing Good Vibrations is a real coup for the Belfast Film Festival and shows just how far the city has come.
"The global interest in this world premiere is a real indication of the high profile the festival enjoys and the film's production demonstrates the world-class level of Northern Ireland's film industry."