A NEW modern day ‘Quadrophenia’ movie, based on the songs of Paul Weller, is to be released in homage to the 70s cult classic which celebrated its 40th anniversary at the weekend.
The upcoming ‘Quad’ film – called The Pebble and The Boy – stars Patsy Kensit and ex Corrie Street star Sacha Parkinson and has just finished filming in Manchester and Brighton.
Quadrophenia, a 70s cult classic, is being remade into a modern-day road movie about Mods[/caption]
The new scooter-based Brit movie comes four decades since the original iconic film – which was based on The Who’s rock opera album – first hit the screens in September 1979.
Stars such as Phil Daniels, Sting and Leslie Ash, celebrated this weekend to mark the anniversary of the classic that charted the coming of age of a teenage Mod in the 1960s.
The new film, a modern-day road movie about Mods, has the backing of former The Jam and Style Council legend Paul Weller, whose songs are the soundtrack to the movie.
Patsy Kensit plays a rich and glamorous former Modette mother in the film, alongside other cast members such as Ricci Harnett and Jessie Birdsall – who starred in the original Quadrophenia as a violent Rocker.
Many locations used in Quadrophenia appear in the new film – including the infamous alley in Brighton where a young Leslie Ash has sex with Daniels – as well a large number of Lambrettas and scooters which played such a pivotal part in the original film.
One moving scene includes hundreds of scooter-driving Mod mourners forming a funeral cortege for one of the group’s main ‘Faces’ who sadly dies.
The film mirrors the current Mod/Casuals revival starting to emerge and the exquisite wardrobe has been supplied by the ‘retro king’, Neil Primett, famous for clothing The Business and The Firm.
Earlier this week Daniels, 60, revealed what it was like filming Quadropehnia, saying: “We shot the end of the film first, at Beachy Head.
Riding along the clifftop, I got a lot closer to the edge than I was meant to and fell off the scooter a couple of times.
I remember the first assistant director, Ray Corbett, telling me: “Listen, it’s the third day. If you fell off that cliff, d’you know what would have happened? They would have recast you tomorrow.”
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“Jimmy’s not a hero, he’s just a normal boy next door, and that’s what makes him work. He ultimately rejects the whole ethos of being a mod – making your whole life revolve around sitting on a silly scooter.
“In the end, he had to jack it in to move on. He couldn’t take it any further.
“Quadrophenia’s a difficult one to live down. Over the years, it’s filled me with horror – and joy. At the time, a friend warned me: “If it’s a hit, they may only ever remember you as Jimmy.”
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