From Bedrooms to Billions

From Bedrooms to Billions is a 2014 documentary film by British filmmakers Anthony and Nicola Caulfield that tells the story of the British video games industry from 1979 to the present day. The film focuses on 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. The film features interviews with major British game designers, journalists and musicians from across the last 30 years.

From Bedrooms to Billions
From Bedrooms to Billions movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
  • Anthony Caulfield
  • Nicola Caulfield
StarringPeter Molyneux
Ian Livingstone
Matthew Smith
David Braben
David Darling
David Perry
Jeff Minter
Simon Nicol
Chris Anderson
Mel Croucher
Jon Hare
Music byRob Hubbard
Ben Daglish
Stewart Dugdale
  • Max Hall
  • the British IBM
Release date
3 October 2014
Running time
124 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The filmmakers originally conceived of the project as a three-part television series,[1] but were unable to garner interest from either the BBC or Channel 4, both of which considered the project "too niche."[1] So the team, inspired by earlier success with their 2010 film Burlesque Undressed, turned instead to crowd funding.

The Caulfields raised approximately £80,000 through two rounds of crowd funding with Indiegogo[2] and Kickstarter[3] generating donations of $37,000 and £60,000 respectively. Further funds have been raised through direct donations, pre-orders for DVDs and soundtrack CDs via the From Bedrooms To Billions website which has allowed them to produce the film independently.[1]

From Bedrooms to Billions was originally scheduled for release on 30 May 2014. The digital version was eventually launched on 3 October 2014.[4] with DVD & Blu-ray versions released in March 2015.

In an interview in early 2019,[5] it was revealed that Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker had given the stars of Bandersnatch, an interactive episode of the Black Mirror series, a copy of Bedrooms to Billions to help prepare them for the roles, and to give them inspiration.


  1. ^ a b c Jenkins, David (7 March 2013). "From Bedrooms to Billions – UK Gaming: The Movie". Metro.
  2. ^ "From Bedrooms To Billions on Indiegogo". Indiegogo.
  3. ^ "From Bedrooms To Billions on Kickstarter". Kickstarter.
  4. ^ "From Bedrooms to Billions - Out Now". From Bedrooms to Billions. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  5. ^ "The games industry doc that inspired Black Mirror: Bandersnatch". Den of Geek. Retrieved 28 March 2019.

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