15 Jul 19
Quadrophenia cast reunite to celebrate 40 years of the cult film (Picture: Joe Newman/PinPep)
The cast of Quadrophenia have reunited to celebrate 40 years since the cult movie was released.
And what an evening it was.
Returning to Shepherds Bush, where the much-loved classic was filmed, the likes of Leslie Ash (Steph), Garry Cooper (Peter), Phil Daniels (Jimmy) and Toyah Willcox (Monkey) joined Lauren Laverne to talk all things mod.
Phil Davis (Chalky), Trevor Laird (Ferdy), Gary Shail (Spider) and Mark Winget (Dave) were also in attendance to discuss the key themes of the plot, as well as spilling a number of backstage antics.
Like Toyah’s mad partying and Trevor’s car rides home with the legend that is Sting.
As the movie first graced our screens back in 1979, the girls of the gang gave their take on sexism and how the country has come a long way, with Leslie joking that ‘women have more respect for themselves these days.’
They read out key scenes from the script (Picture: Rex)
Toyah however was more proud of the fact Quadrophenia showed women having ‘casual sex’ as she praised the production for being progressive.
But not too much, because Trevor noted he wasn’t allowed to be seen near a ‘white girl’ at the time, telling the audience he ‘took it in his stride.’
The honesty and candid interviews didn’t stop the cast from having the same dynamic they did four decades ago, as they joked and laughed along with each other during the night.
Reading out a series of scenes from the script they know all too well, the stars couldn’t help but bring up Sting, who played Ace Face.
According to the Neon Womb songstress, the musician (whose real name is Gordon Sumner), was ‘breathtaking’ despite having two left feet.
The stars couldn’t help but bring up Sting (Picture: Rex)
Leslie spoke about how the show was progressive for its time (Picture: Rex)
And of course, there was mention of The Who, as the stars remembered the drummer Keith Moon, who died just two weeks before filming began.
The show will be broadcast on Sky Arts, and will air around the movie’s anniversary in September this year.
Director of the network Phil Edgar-Jones, said: ‘When Quadrophenia was released 40 years ago I was a teenager and it fast became one of those formative films.
‘I saved up paper round money for a fish-tail parka and worked stacking shelves in William Lows to save up for a Lambretta (that got stolen within a week) and of course the brilliant, visceral music of The Who was all that played in my bedroom.
‘So it’s an amazing thrill and honour to reunite the cast for this one-off journey back through one of the best films of the 80s.’
Phil Daniels added: ‘As a 19 year old being involved in the film Quadrophenia was off the scale, a rare acting opportunity for a young working class lad, and for the movie to be held in such high esteem 40 years on makes me feel very proud.’
The readthrough event, Quadrophenia Reunited – 40 Years On, and a brand new documentary, Quadrophenia – Our Generation, will air as part of an evening of celebration on Sky Arts in September around the film’s anniversary.
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