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
Okay, Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict, the film about the ZX Spectrum computer, is powering along, good and strong. Latest news includes acquisition of film footage from Steve Wetherill (NODES OF YESOD, ROBIN OF THE WOOD), Mev Dinc (GERRY THE GERM, LAST NINJA 2), Roger Kean (CRASH) and Oliver Frey (CRASH); Oliver Frey is working on the film’s artwork, Clive Townsend (SABOTEUR) is creating in-game loading screens, Mark R. Jones (OCEAN) helped massively with hundreds of stills, yesterday I rebuilt the entire front-end of the film using haunting music from Rob Shedwick (DIGITAL FRONT) and today was spent in the sound studio recording voice-overs. Breathe. So, busy busy busy onwards and upwards!! ETA soon!!
Had a real cool time interviewing Andrew Hewson, owner of Hewson Consultants Ltd. I think this man needs no introduction, having published everything from Uridium, Exolon, Cybernoid, Avalon, Nebulus, Zynaps, Firelord….. need I go on?
Andrew was a great sport, witty, funny, regaling us with stories of his early books on machine code, through to unique anecdotes about everything from the tax man to working with Raf Cecco, Steve Turner and Dominic Robinson, amongst many others!
His son, Rob, is also heavily into the retro scene – please check out the following for his latest project:
Thank you Mr Hewson! It was a pleasure sir.
Had a great time meeting and interviewing Jim Bagley, of Cabal and Midnight Resistance fame. The first meeting was at Play Expo in Blackpool, where Jim – bless him – was exhausted from his motorbike and Play Expo adventures (he was Guest of Honour). We still had a great chat about some of the things to be covered in the interview.
We then met up in Jim’s hometown of Liverpool, for a fun interview (the longest we’ve ever done!) which was fascinating in itself with regards his Spectrum developments, his time at Special FX and working with Joffa, and Jim also gave an in-depth explanation concerning the creation of Dragon’s Lair on the ZX81 (for which he received an entry in the Guinness Book of Records!) – so for fans of that, we’ll be releasing it as a separate “mini-film” for those with a serious technical disposition. Thanks Jim. Onwards!! 🙂
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!!
At PLAY Expo in Blackpool I had the massively entertaining experience of interviewing Simon Butler, who worked for Imagine Software and Ocean Software (amongst many others, his CV is extraordinary!) where we discussed the beginnings of the industry, Simon’s work as an artist over the past 25 or so years, his thoughts on piracy and software/hardware developments, and the future of the industry. Simon was a gent, and the interview a great addition to the film. Thank you Mr Butler!