The WHO's 'Quadrophenia' Film Is Subject Of New Documentary

Documentary celebrates 40th Anniversary of screen adaptation

June 13, 2018

Darren Brode

The WHO's epic 1973 double album, 'Quadrophenia,' released in 1973, was followed by the film adaptation of Pete Townshend's 2nd 'Rock Opera' in 1979. The 45th anniversary of the album comes up at the end of October this year, and to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 'Quadrophenia' movie release, a new documentary is planned, that according to a recent article in Britain's Daily Star, “will look at the making of the film, the struggles and look at why it still remains an integral part of British pop culture.”  Set in London, 'Quadrophenia' follows the angst-ridden Jimmy, who escapes from his dead-end job as a mailroom boy by dancing, partying, taking amphetamines, riding his scooter, and brawling with the motorcycle-riding Rockers. As the film is not a musical like the film adaptation of Townshend's previous Rock Opera, 'Tommy,' The Who do not make an appearance in it. Additionally, there were not any 'big' names cast in the original film, but it did mark the major film debut as an actor of Sting, who portrayed the character, 'Ace Face.' The documentary film, produced by Sky Arts, will feature interviews with cast members including Phil Daniels (Jimmy), Sting (Ace Face), and Ray Winstone (Jimmy's childhood friend, Kevin). It's been reported that both Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey will also participate with recently recorded interviews. The original 'Quadrophenia' album featured such WHO classics as 'Love Reign O'er Me,' '5:15,' 'The Real Me,' and 'Dr. Jimmy,' and reached the #2 spot on the Top 200 Albums Chart. The Who also performed parts of 'Quad' on their concert tours of 1973-74, and revisited the album in it's entirety in concert in 1996-97, and then again in 2010. Also--as recently as 2016, there was talk of a film sequel to 'Quadrophenia,' but to date nothing else has been mentioned. Rock On!