It’s A Mod, Mod World at EFF
Released in 1979, Quadrophenia brought the alienation of postwar British working-class youth to the big screen with gritty realism and striking period detail. Set in 1965, it follows young Jimmy Cooper (Phil Daniels), a London mod who heads to Brighton for the bank holiday weekend, where a punch-up in a café quickly explodes, and thousands of mods and rockers run riot through the town and onto the beaches. These events, inspired by real life, become the backdrop to Jimmy’s joyous, painful coming of age.
Based on the 1973 album by The Who, the film is a perceptive study of adolescent confusion, as well as a keenly observed portrait of 1960s British subcultures. It introduced cinemagoers to a new generation of British actors, including Phil Daniels, whose status as a latter-day mod hero was acknowledged when Blur invited him to appear on Parklife. A young Sting is resplendent as Jimmy’s hero, the debonair Ace Face, and immediately following Quadrophenia, Daniels, Ray Winstone, P. H. Moriarty and Julian Firth all appeared in Alan Clarke’s landmark Scum.
Running until Sunday 29 September, the Mods exhibition at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery explores the stories of the original 1960s mods, the mod revival in the late 1970s and its re-emergence in the last 10 years. Exhibits include clothing, artefacts and no fewer than five scooters, and admission is free.
Tickets for Quadrophenia on Saturday 7 September at 6pm are priced at £8.50 or £7.50 for concessions, and can be booked by calling Box Office on 01604 624811, or online.