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

12 thoughts on “40th Anniversary Celebrations for Quadrophenia movie on Sky Arts”

  1. Carolyn Marosy says:

    I am writing an adaptation of Quadrophenia from a different perspective (female). Can anyone tell me where I can send it to get it into the hands of Pete Townshend when I’m done?

    1. Richard Evans says:

      You can send it to him c/o Eel Pie Productions, 4 Friars Lane, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1NL, England.

  2. david thomas says:

    Great soundtrack LP from movie. Really liked the movie but a lot of people have said there’s too much foul language.

  3. mr freestuff says:


  4. Stephen white says:

    Cant wait for this seen the film 9 times when it came out in 70

  5. Stewart says:

    The backing track to my youth. It has a special place for me. Still listen to Quadrophenia now, well not all the time.

  6. Love the Quadrophenia film very much — I use it in my literature course when I’m teaching UK kitchen sink realism and Alan Sillitoe’s novel Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

  7. Carolyn Marosy says:

    Thank you!!

  8. Michelle Felsing says:

    Watch again last night, love it.

  9. Dave Creevy says:

    Great film, fantastic album (original is the best). I’ll be doing a radio show dedicated to Quadrophenia 11:00am until 1:00pm on on 29th September – The Buzzard! Great memories as a young teenage Mod growing up in Essex and bowling around Romford like I was Jimmy!! Haha

  10. Robert Byrd says:

    I cannot express my love for this film, the music and the Mod culture. I have written a song that describes my feelings of mental illness based upon Jimmy. I used his full name of James Michael Cooper.

    If it’s picked up and helps the awareness of mental health, it will hopefully help people from feeling the depths of despair felt by Jimmy and me.

  11. Robert Byrd says:

    James Michael Cooper, I’m a lot like you. People don’t understand us, or the things we do.. Labelled as crazy, maybe we are. Lost love and a broken heart left permanent mental scars. Theres a sadness in our eyes. It’s clear to see. James Michael Cooper, you’re a lot like me. Both yearn for a better day, we lost ourselves along the way, we wished things would go back and stay like the day we were back at the coast.

    James Michael Cooper, I’m a lot like you, people don’t understand us, or the things we do. Labelled as crazy and maybe we are. Lost love and a broken heart left permanent mental scars. With our heart still wracked with pain, we bought a ticket and we caught the train. Headed to the coast again to try and find what we had lost. When we got there, broken dreams were all we would find. Ace was just a bell boy and Brighton was different this time. Like you I jumped on a scooter, and went for a ride. I looked down on a pebbled beach and watched my dreams wash away with the tide. I sat and I faced the ledge, I saw my scooter fall over the edge. As it crashed to the ground, I’d like to think out spirit soared free.

    James Michael Cooper, I’m a lot like you. People don’t understand us, or the things we do. Labelled as crazy, and maybe we are. Lost love and a broken heart left permanent mental scars

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