4 Sep 2019
40th Anniversary Celebrations for Quadrophenia movie on Sky Arts
It’s an incredible 40 years since the film Quadrophenia was released in 1979, and to mark the occasion, Sky Arts are a holding special celebratory evening on Saturday 21 September. Sky Arts will present an evening dedicated to the cult classic with Quadrophenia – Reunited 40 years On and Quadrophenia – Our Generation and, of course, the 1979 film.
Quadrophenia – Reunited 40 Years On reunites eight of the main cast, Phil Daniels (Jimmy), Mark Wingett (Dave), Phil Davis (Chalky), Leslie Ash (Steph), Toyah Willcox (Monkey), Gary Shail (Spider) and Trevor Laird (Ferdy), for the first time in 40 years to perform a unique table read of the original film script, hosted by Lauren Laverne and filmed in front of a live audience at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in July.
The brand-new documentary Quadrophenia – Our Generation, sees the cast, writers and producers of the acclaimed cult classic sharing their memories. Our Generation tells the story of the maverick filmmaking and the complex themes present within the film and looks at the history of the Mod movement, the music, fashion, youth rebellion and cult of Quadrophenia.
Quadrophenia, loosely based on The Who’s 1973 rock opera, premiered in the UK in September 1979 and quickly became a massive hit featuring tracks by The Who including ‘The Real Me’, ‘I’m One’, ‘Love Reign O’er Me’, ‘The Punk and the Godfather’ and ‘Doctor Jimmy’. Pete Townshend wrote the screenplay with Martin Stellman, David Humphries and Franc Roddam, who directed the film. The film was also executively produced by Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and David Gideon Thomson.
Quadrophenia – Reunited 40 Years On, produced by CC Lab, and Quadrophenia – Our Generation, produced by Karma, were commissioned by Sky Arts, the only channel dedicated to arts and culture in the UK. You’ll also be able to catch both programmes on NOW TV!
John Entwistle and Roger Daltrey enlightening a young Phil Daniels on how it was back in the days of the Mods and Rockers. Photo by Frank Connor