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Quadrophenia

Released 1979
Distributor World Northal

Franc Roddam’s acclaimed directorial debut is an edgy update of the working class kitchen-sink “angry young man” movement, a symphony of disillusionment based on the 1973 double vinyl concept album by The Who. Phil Daniels is so magnetic in the lead it’s surprising he never became a major player in British film. A true cult favorite, often cited as an improvement on Ken Russell’s earlier Who musical Tommy.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.