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From Bedrooms to Billions (2014)

'From Bedrooms to Billions' is a 2 and a half hour feature length documentary movie telling the remarkable, true story of the British Video Games Industry from 1979 to the present day. ... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shahid Ahmad Shahid Ahmad ... Himself - Interviewee
Nigel Alderton Nigel Alderton ... Himself - Interviewee
Nick Alexander Nick Alexander ... Himself - Interviewee
Chris Anderson Chris Anderson ... Himself - Interviewee
Mike Austin Mike Austin ... Himself - Interviewee
Pete Austin Pete Austin ... Himself - Interviewee
Jim Bagley Jim Bagley ... Himself - Interviewee
David Braben David Braben ... Himself - Interviewee
Gary Bracey Gary Bracey ... Himself - Interviewee
Tom Bramwell Tom Bramwell ... Himself - Interviewee
Geoff Brown Geoff Brown ... Himself - Interviewee
Martyn Brown Martyn Brown ... Himself - Interviewee
Simon Butler Simon Butler ... Himself - Interviewee
Raffaele Cecco Raffaele Cecco ... Himself - Interviewee
Charles Cecil Charles Cecil ... Himself - Interviewee
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'From Bedrooms to Billions' is a 2 and a half hour feature length documentary movie telling the remarkable, true story of the British Video Games Industry from 1979 to the present day. Developments in computer technology in the UK of the late 70's early 80's helped inspire a generation of small team enthusiasts, hobbyists, school kids, bedroom coders and entrepreneurs to make and release some truly classic games. 'From Bedrooms to Billions' tells the story of how the creativity and vision of a relatively small number of individuals allowed the UK to play a key, pioneering role in the shaping of the billion dollar video games industry, which today dominates the modern world's entertainment landscape. 'From Bedrooms to Billions' is the first to attempt to bring this amazing story together. Featuring interviews with key contributors to the UK story such as Peter Molyneux, Jeff Minter, David Braben, David Perry, Mark Healey, Jason Kingsley and many others from across video game ... Written by Nicola & Anthony Caulfield

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The UK Video Games Industry had to start somewhere!

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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Väter der Pixel-Monster See more »

Filming Locations:

UK See more »

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Gracious Films See more »
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(original)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Quotes

Mark Healey: I just wanted to make games... I just loved it!
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Spin-off From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years! (2016) See more »

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Japanese
Written by Ben Daglish
Performed by Ben Daglish
Produced by Ben Daglish
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An amazing piece of gaming history
20 February 2015 | by kevin-phillips-244-972219See all my reviews

I love this film. Not only for its in-depth and fascinating recap on the UK game industry starting in the 80's, but because its edited as a true story.

The flow of the film starts at the introduction of computers in the home and works its way through the home programmer, the initial reselling and publishing of games into the more serious side of struggling business and eventually where we're going today. Its a fantastic journey that touches on a bit of everything and its one I can relate to having grown up in that whole era.

If you want one of the best documentaries about the early games industry, then this is the one you seriously should be watching. Immensely enjoyable and very much re-watchable... :)


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