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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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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


'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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3 October 2014 (UK) See more »

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Matthew Smith: I did start programming at night because my TRS-80 would crash whenever the kettle was put on!
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Spin-off From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years! (2016) See more »


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Quite Simply the BEST
11 January 2017 | by lifeschool389107See all my reviews

As a die-hard Commodore 64 and Amiga fan from the UK, it would have to take something monumentally good and extraordinary for me to rate this 10 out of 10, but From Bedrooms delivers. The movie is packed with nostalgia, more than any other film I have ever seen, and begs the watcher to play it again and again - each time discovering more. Everything you would hope for is covered, and more, with two-and-a-half hours of pure nostalgic pleasure.

ZX Spectrums! Commodore C64 and the Commodore Amiga feature in this epic journey; from the dawn of the bedroom coder, and those incredibly long type-in magazine listings; leading to modern gaming on the Playstation and PC. From Bedrooms is very historically accurate with facts, and doesn't try to hype myths and stories, but presents everything matter-of-fact and from the people who made it all happen. As UK film-makers, the team guide the story mainly in terms of UK development, and focus closely on the aspects of making computer games which shaped the course of history.

Gracious Films have truly delivered a breathtaking Movie, an order of magnitude better than I was ever expecting, and something which any fan from that era would love. It also makes a perfect gift for a best friend on Birthdays and Christmas, so why not order a number of copies and share your discovery to all your friends.

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