I received an amazing message from Mr Steve Turner, author of Avalon, Dragontorc, Ranarama, Quazatron, Magnetron, Intensity and a host of 16-bit titles. Steve Turner was an integral cog of GRAFTGOLD. It was such an honour and privilege not just to interview him, but for him to come to the premiere of Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict in Cambridge on 01.07.17 – and then give me advice on tweaking the film! So, here’s raising a glass to you Mr Turner!
(Secret fact: when I went to interview Steve, I absolutely just could not do it. I was star-struck. I was a moron. My friend, Marie Isaac, did the interviewing, whilst I hid behind the camera like a little 13 year old boy pretending to be busy).
Today, Steve said: “Thank you Andy, Julie and I really enjoyed the premiere. We loved the film, it was both interesting and very nostalgic, I am sure Spectrum fans will also love it. I thought you had really captured the spirit and dedication in the interviews.”
Wow. I could not possibly receive a higher praise than that!?? Do you know how many hours I spent playing Avalon? Dragontorc? Astroclone? And then – QUAZATRON? That was my personal favourite. I haemorrhaged MONTHS on that Spectrum classic. I still think it’s awesome. Thank you Mr Turner – for your games, your time, your interview, your feedback.
You can see his interview (and those of other Spectrum stars) at: http://www.remicmedia.com/speccyaddict
The premiere for Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict is being held at The Centre for Computing History in Cambridge, UK on 1st July 2017. There will be some very special guests, including many of the stars in the film – Jim Bagley, Steve Turner, The Oliver Twins, to name but a few, along with a bar provided by Lord Conrad’s Brewery of Cambridge! It promises to be a very special occasion and YOU can win TWO tickets to the premiere! Simply email your name, address and favourite Spectrum game to email@example.com to be entered into a prize draw! Simples! (Closing date Monday 26th June 2017 at 1pm).
The film can still be pre-ordered at www.remicmedia.com/speccyaddict
Had an incredibly fun time interviewing Ant Harper [retrogamescollector.com] and Mark Howlett [AKA Lord Arse, @lord_arse] at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge [computinghistory.org]; Ant and Mark are two massively enthusiastic retro game fans and, indeed, Spectrum addicts. Ant has a great retro games website, whereas Lord Arse has a truly stunning 96,000 followers on Twitter. We talked favourite games, piracy, early memories and the future of the ZX Spectrum. Fabulous! Thanks guys!!
Centre for Computing History in Cambridge
Spectrum Addict visited the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge where we were happily looked after by the affable and charming Jason Fitzpatrick. Jason also agreed to be interviewed for the film about his early Spectrum experiences, and about the museum in general. A great comedian, Jason was a fun and entertaining interviewee, and is a great addition to the Spectrum Addict line-up!! Then we spent a while filming in the museum itself, which I can’t recommend enough – get your ass down to Cambridge and check out some computing history… your kids (including adult kids) will love it!
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/computinghistory
Twitter link: https://twitter.com/computermuseum