London Filming Locations: Quadrophenia (1979)

Theres no doubt that this movie had a big influence on music culture and fashion as captured vividly by director Franc Roddam. It’s a mix of 60’s music and violence which follows Jimmy (Phil Daniels) on a voyage of discovery that is occasionally funny but also very sad at times and anyone searching for identity and purpose can sympathise with him.

Like many people of my age I first knew the films stars Phil Daniels and Leslie Ash respectively as that bloke on Blur’s ‘Parklife’ record and that woman who lived upstairs from Gary and Tony in the BBC sitcom ‘Men Behave Badly‘ and didn’t get round to seeing this film till much, much later in life.

Jimmy’s house is 115 (*) Wells House Road (below) and is a 20 minute walk from North Acton Station on the Central Line. I left empty handed the first time I tried to find this place but I tried again and with the aid of a map it was a bit easier……. although it still took me a while to find my bearings.

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At 48 Goldhawk Road is ‘A. Cooke’s‘ pie and mash shop (below) which is a far more typical London dish than fish and chips. This is where Jimmy and his mate Kevin eat 10 minutes into the film following their surprising re-union in the bath-house. I took some time-out from my hectic location-hunting schedule to have pie and mash with a bit of parsley sauce for four pounds and it went down very well too.

   

The ‘Kitchener Road’ party which Jimmy attends on 14 mins is actually on Clarendon Road (below) in Wembley.

 

Quadrophenia‘ hits the 31 minute mark when Jimmy gives Steph (Leslie Ash) a ride on his scooter along Goldhawk Road (below) somewhere between Bamborough Gardens and Woodger Road.

 

The Mods hangout was ‘s&m cafe’ which stands for sausage and mash by the way and not what many of you may be thinking! It was at 4-6 Essex Road (below) near Angel Station and I use the word ‘was’ as since I took this photo in December 2010 it has closed down. It appeared on screen after 33 mins.

 

Just a few metres away from A. Cookes on Goldhawk Road is Shepherd’s Bush Market (below) near Goldhawk Road station. This can be seen on 36 mins albeit in very dark fashion as is much of the movie which is mostly set in the night which isn’t so good for someone like me hoping to show and compare screenshots with their modern day equivalent. The bustling market street is a fairly narrow place and is the passage where the Mods chase the leatherclad rocker Kevin and beat him up.

      

Paddington Station appears next as we see Jimmy, and indeed the rest of the film, moving down to Brighton where Sting makes his appearance as Ace. The Sussex locations used included Grand Hotel, Palace Pier, Waterfront Cafe and the dancehall where Jimmy leaps from the balcony is now the Brighton Sea Life Centre.

(*) Thanks to Shawn from Brisbane who informed me that Jimmys’ house was number 75 and not 115. They both look the same but 75 has the train tracks closer at the rear. Also Phil Daniels celebrated his 19th birthday cake with the crew outside number 77.

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42 Responses to London Filming Locations: Quadrophenia (1979)

  1. Tim Williams says:

    Very interesting thanks! Tim from Brussels

  2. makiko says:

    Zoot suit, white jacket with side vents five inches looong!
    This is one of my all-time favourites, Thanks for posting.
    When The Who did the first Japan tour,(4or5yrs.ago) they played some from
    this and ‘Tommy’ !
    I love ‘Parklife’ PV , both Phil Daniels and Damon Albarn look pretty cute in it.

    My favourite scene from this film by the way, are;
    1: Gene Vincent vs The Kinks in the bath-house
    2: Sting’s funny dance… Bell boy!!

  3. tokyofox says:

    thanks for your comment Makiko. so you went to see ‘The Who’ then or did you just hear about it? didn’t realise until the other week that this movie would even be known by Japanese people

    • makiko says:

      Yes, I actually went to Yokohama Arena and Budokan to see The Who concerts!
      Even though the lack of 2 original members, I think they’re still great.
      About the film ‘Quadrophenia’, I’m not sure that it’s known well in Japan, only among
      certain number / type of people, those who love The Who, or Paul Weller, Blur, Oasis, whatever.
      In my case, my old(doesn’t mean for how long we’ve been friends, actually he’s old)
      English friend recommended this film long time ago, and it became my favourite.

      • tokyofox says:

        your old friend has good taste in films then I guess! Yeah you’re probably right about the type of person who has seen it as I only watched it due to those connections

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