The 2½-hour documentary, “From Bedrooms to Billions” is coming to Hamburg on 11 November. The exclusive showing at Hamburg’s Abaton cinema, in the original English version, is brought to you by the Gaming-Aid non-profit organisation in cooperation with game city:Hamburg. The producers, Anthony and Nicola Caulfield, along with game designer Simon Butler (whose credits include Shadowfire, Worms, Addams Family, Platoon, Combat School, total Recall) will be on hand for interviews and to answer questions about the early days of the British computer game industry.
The rise of the early British computer game industry
The producers, husband-and-wife team Anthony and Nicola Caulfield, have cast the spotlight on the rise of Britain’s early computer game industry, along with the parallel development of the distribution channels and gamer journalism over the last 40 years. The result is a documentary that was successfully funded and produced on the back of a crowd-funding campaign that lasted only five days. The world premiere of “From Bedrooms to Billions” was in March. Since then, the film has garnered respect and recognition well beyond the borders of the games industry it set out to portray.
Joining forces for the silver screen
Gaming-Aid, a charitable non-profit organisation within the games industry, provides rapid financial and practical assistance to those in need. And it was Gaming-Aid that initiated the showing of the film here in Hamburg. Ingo Horn, Chairman of Gaming-Aid, explains why: “My personal connection to the makers of this film about the birth of the British games scene prompted me to think about putting it on the big screen. Online streaming or something to watch at home wasn’t enough. Thanks to the support of game city:Hamburg, we can now make this a reality, and we have even been able to go one step further, bringing the filmmakers and one of the protagonists to come and speak with us about the film and the work it portrays.”
Stefan Klein, Project Manager at gamecity: Hamburg, adds: “We are thrilled about this collaboration. It is definitely interesting for the many talented people in Hamburg’s own game sector to encounter an international viewpoint and to see how Britain’s game industry has developed.”
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