UK games industry documentary triumphant on Kickstarter

Update: 'From Bedrooms to Billions' shoots past its funding target

A Kickstarter campaign has launched for a two hour documentary detailing the story of the UK video games Industry.

[Update 2: The documentary project has already shot past its funding target. At the time of going to press, 'From Bedrooms to Billions' has reached £28,000 and passed its goal by £10,000. More than 43 days of funding remains.]


Filmmakers Anthony Caulfield & Nicola Caulfield hope to make 'From Bedrooms to Billions', described as the "true story of the British video games industry from 1979 to the present day."

The movie hopes to show 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," the campaign says.

If funded, From Bedrooms to Billions will feature interviews with "key contributors" to the UK development scene, publishing and journalism from over the last 40 years, combined with archive footage.

The project went live on Kickstarter on Monday with 60 days to reach its funding goal of £18,000.

[Update: However, the project has drawn some criticism because it was originally funded on Indiegogo to the tune of $35,000, and now its creators say another £18,000 is required to complete the project - suggesting that it would not have met its original reward to those who originally backed it.]

As well as donating, contributers have the option to order a copy of the film on digital download, DVD and Blu-ray.

Producer, Anthony Caulfield said of the project: "From Bedrooms to Billions has been a very personal project for us since June 2008. Having completed many documentaries we have always wanted to document the rise of the British video games industry and the incredible story that went with it.

"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 personal 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".

At the time of publish the project is just shy of £10,000 away from its Kickstarter goal.