Train2Game News The Button Bashers

Pitched as the “24 Hour Party People for games” – independent feature film ‘The Button Bashers’ will combine interviews, script and improv to produce unique but respectful take on the UK gamedev scene from the 1980s.

·         Ewen Macintosh (The Office, Little Britain)

·         Peter Harrap (Monty Mole)

·         Ron Hubbard (Sanxion, Monty on the Run, Commando)

·         Jon Hare (Sensible Software)

·         Simon Butler (Neverending Story, Highlander, Total Recall)

·         And many more below…

Bolton, Greater Manchester: The Button Bashers film is a 100-minute feature film, documenting and dramatising the UK gaming scene that appeared in the 1980s.

Starring Ewen MacIntosh (The Office, Little Britain), this will be made innovatively: part-scripted scenes, part-interview, and as a docudrama. The ‘hero’ of the film is currently known as ‘the Programmer’.

Directed by Lee Bolton, a passionate gamer, he wrote for several years on gaming website ‘Lee’s PeeknPoke’ in the 90s, as well as in various magazines about retro gaming.

The Bolton-based film and television producer/director is not only rediscovering his roots, but he is keen to ensure he perfectly captures not only “that feeling, the excitement and what it was like the game back then” – but also the gamedev scene which exploded in the 1980s.

Speaking recently on regional radio across Greater Manchester, Lee mentioned a “Channel 4 comedian – we’re not allowed to say who it is yet, but we’re in discussion with this person’s agent at the moment.”

The Button Bashers is currently in pre-production with programmers, designers and gamers all wanting to be interviewed. Filming will take place from October 2016 to February 2017.

Following a first round of crowdfunding on IndieGoGo, the film is currently looking for just £5,000 to kickstart the production next month, having already secured funding from local gamer-supportive businesses in Manchester. You can discover the Kickstarter here:

The Kickstarter campaign reads: “This one’s for the whizz kids, the buyouts, the money… the magazines and the fascinating, creative world that started a brand new industry. Nothing like it would ever be the same again.”

“We will also cover some of the US influence on the UK, with a segment exploring the meteoric rise of the arcades, and how licences went over creativity towards the end of the 1980s.

THE BUTTON BASHERS is a fun look back the Computers, Games and People – filmed with the ultimate respect.”

Drama cast (more TBC):

·         Ewen MacIntosh

Doc/interview cast (more TBC):

·         Peter Harrap (Monty Mole)

·         Jon Ritman (Head Over Heels, Batman)

·         John Gibson (Denton Designs)

·         Ron Hubbard (Sanxion, Monty on the Run, Commando)

·         Jon Hare (Sensible Software)

·         Simon Butler (Neverending Story, Highlander, Total Recall)

·         Philip and Andrew Oliver (Dizzy)

·         Roger Kean (Newsfield)

·         Oliver Frey (Newsfield)

·         Gary Penn (Zzap! DMA Design- GTA)

Film is due for full completion June 2017, with BluRay, DVD and small-cinematic release expected afterwards.