'Quadrophenia' producer: 'We're planning a sequel set in the 1970s'
At an exclusive Time Out reunion event, one of the key men behind the counter-culture classic reveals details of a long-awaited follow-up
By Dave Calhoun|
It's been 35 years since director Franc Roddam shot 'Quadrophenia' on the streets of London and Brighton, creating a classic of British cinema adored by music and film fans along the way. Inspired by the 1973 The Who album of the same name, the film tells of Jimmy (Phil Daniels), a troubled west London mod in 1965 who joins his mates for a dust-up with rockers one Bank Holiday weekend down in Brighton.
Time Out and the London Film School recently brought Roddam and some of his key collaborators back together for a one-off reunion screening of the film at South Kensington's Ciné Lumière. From the cast, singer-actress Toyah Wilcox and actors Phil Davis ('Vera Drake', 'Whitechapel') and Mark Wingett ('The Bill') all recalled the chaos and humour of filming the movie's fight scenes. Roddam was also joined by the film's editor Sean Barton, co-writer Martin Stellman and producer Bill Curbishley. You can watch the highlights of their discussion here.
Curbishley also revealed to Time Out that he's currently developing a script for a sequel to 'Quadrophenia'.
'It would be set in the 1970s,' Curbishley said, suggesting that we'd meet the lead character, Jimmy, about ten years after the original story. So presumably that means that 54-year-old Phil Daniels is now too old to play Jimmy again? 'Yes – but he could play Jimmy's father,' laughed Curbishley.
Daniels himself was conspicuous by his absence at the reunion event ('he never does these things,' said one of his colleagues), so we couldn't check what he thought of the idea. But we'll bring you more news of 'Quadrophenia 2' as and when we have it.