Game News: Movie Telling The Story Of UK Games Industry – Fresh Details And Fundraising Campaign
The rise of the UK’s video games industry is an incredible tale to be sure – and now the first feature-length documentary telling the story of the phenomenon is seeking funding for its production.
From Bedrooms To Billions will tell the the remarkable, true story of the British Video Games Industry between 1979 – 1996, and 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 now dominates the modern world’s entertainment landscape.
Created by filmmakers Anthony and Nicola Caulfield, who have launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the production of the 90-minute feature, the film will reportedly include interviews with key figures from video game development, publishing and journalism over the last few decades.
Anthony and Nicola Caulfield have previously produced theatrical films and documentary features for the BBC, Channel 4 and legendary rock band Pink Floyd, and recently created the official Sonic the Hedgehog 20th Anniversary documentary, entitled ‘Sonic – The Birth of an Icon’, which was broadcast all over the world.
“We have always wanted to document the rise of the British video games industry and the incredible story that went with it,” explained Anthony. “What’s so fascinating is how the UK computer scene was originally nothing more than a scientific curiosity which snowballed into something so vast. As we started putting this film together we uncovered so many incredible stories, these people had to literally make up an industry as they went, some were very successful, but others were not so, however collectively we felt it a strong story that’s long overdue and should make a wonderful movie.”
Nicola Caulfield added: “This film will be a great piece of nostalgic entertainment that documents an important part of UK history. This era is so often overlooked and not known by young British talent looking to enter the games industry, as the vast majority of UK children, school leavers and even students believe that gaming originated mainly from the US and Japan and have little to no knowledge that a British games industry even once existed”.
A teaser trailer as well as further information on the ‘From Bedrooms to Billions’ Indiegogo campaign can be found here