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Interview – Harry Macqueen

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Interview – Harry Macqueen

Posted on 25 February 2015 by Eddie

Harry Macqueen_(photo Sam Churchill)

Critically acclaimed directorial debut Hinterland from Award-winning Actor/Director Harry Macqueen will be released in UK cinemas and On Demand from 27th February 2015 we caught up with Harry recently to ask about the film.


What was the inspiration for the film?

Perhaps because I’m an actor what inspires me most is natural human interaction so I knew a wanted to make an intimate film about two people with a relationship as its central pivot. There are so many film makers I love but most specifically to this project I think the work of people like Joanna Hogg, Richard Linklater, Kelly Reichhart and Win Wenders as well are stand-alone films like Chris Petit’s RADIO ON (1979) were all inspirations. I think going out into the unknown and doing something on your own terms, like many of the above did, is inspirational so I wanted to give that a go myself.


Did you have anyone in mind when you created the characters?
Harvey and Lola aren’t based on anyone directly. I think they kind of came to my mind almost fully formed when I was planning the film. I knew that they needed to be different but also complimentary for there to be some uncertainty bubbling away as the story unfolded and that Lola should be a musician, he a writer. I also knew that her innate freedom and ability to express herself should be at odds with him. They largely took shape over the course of several months of work-shopping and rehearsing though which was a really interesting process in itself.

Did the person who bequeathed the money to you know about this project?
The person bequeathed me the money in their will so no I would be surprised if they did!

Did they have any part to play in the creation?
Only in that I wanted to make something that would have made that person proud and that drove me on. I hope that has happened.
You had a £10,000 budget and 13 days to film how limiting was this to the story you wanted to tell?
Happily the story I wanted to tell was a very intimate one and the success of which I knew lay in the natural performances between the two characters. You don’t need much money to make that happen I don’t think so no it wasn’t too limiting. Ironically there is also a real freedom in being restricted sometimes, if you embrace the conditions in front of you. Hinterland was very much about getting the best out of what we had and not worrying too much about what we, in an ideal world, would have liked to have had available to us. But it was a huge challenge that’s for sure – making films always is.
Were the locations in Cornwall known to you before this project?
Yes, absolutely. That part of the world is one I know very well and the literal journey they take in the film is very autobiographical. I wrote the film with these locations in mind and, I hope, the film is a love letter to Cornwall in some way. It is effortlessly beautiful and dramatic down there which acted as a lovely counterpoint to the fragile relationship in the foreground.
Have you got the bug as a director now ?
Ha. It’s a really interesting time for me at the moment. I am and will always be an actor but I hope to be lucky enough to make more films as a writer/director too. I see all these roles as pretty complimentary but I’ve certainly got the bug for being constantly creative and making things happen.
Do you think the British film industry is healthy right now? (There certainly seems to be a lot more British made films like yours being made)
There is a phenomenal amount of talent in Britain that’s for sure (me excluded of course!). To be honest I don’t feel I have enough experience this side of the camera to comment properly and Hinterland is quite a unique film in that I didn’t explore any traditional funding avenues so I don’t know a huge amount about that either.
That said, I think as long as people like Peter Strickland, Joanna Hogg, Ben Wheatley or Jonathan Glazer (to name only a few) are able to have the freedom to make such original films we can’t be in too bad shape. We also seem to have been pretty well represented at the big award shows this year and our studios are constantly busy. It depends how you define ‘healthy’ but we are making lots of interesting work and that’s the important thing, for me. But you are right indie film making has massively increased recently and that can only be a good thing for everyone from the ground-roots upwards. The process has become a bit more democratised and that’s brilliant.

What’s next for you ?

It’s a little hard to think ahead right now as Hinterland is still pretty all consuming. I’m sketching out the script for another film and I have a few auditions coming up so hopefully some acting – I’ve had to take a back seat on that front for the last six months. I am also developing a TV comedy show with a few mates. We’ll see what happens I guess.


HINTERLAND is in cinemas and on demand 27 February

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Boilermakers with Woodford Reserve

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Boilermakers with Woodford Reserve

Posted on 19 February 2015 by Chris Ford

This week until Sunday the 22nd February Is the first ever London Beer week, and  last night I popped along to a couple of the partipating  bars to experience things for myself.

The deal is you pick up a wristband at select spots around the city for £10 and this entitles you to deals on beers and in last night’s case it was Boilermakers!

photo by @Marks_bars

What are boilermakers I hear you ask? Well luckily we met up with Woodford brand ambassador Tom Vernon at our first stop of the night Mark’s Bar to fill us  in.

A boilermaker is essentially a beer and a shot of whisky,. It’s been popular for generations in regions of the US and now its becoming the new craze over here. Tom explained a whisky like Woodford Reserve should be paired with a slightly hoppy beer such as the HIX IPA, taking a sip first of the Woodford then some beer. The beer then highlights the flavours of the whisky as it rolls down your palate.


Tom explained there are several stories as to the origins of the boilermaker but my favourite was that of Richard Trevithick, a Cornish blacksmith who was an early experimenter with steam-propelled vehicles. In 1801, on Christmas night in the Cornwall village of Cambourne, he set out to test his latest invention, a steam-propelled road vehicle.

Trevithick’s vehicle succeeded in climbing the hill into the village carrying the inventor and some of his friends. When they reached a pub at the top of the hill, they parked the vehicle in a shed and went inside to celebrate their success.

As the celebration continued, everyone forgot about the fire in the vehicle’s boiler. It continued to burn until the water ran dry. When the party was over, they discovered that the wooden structural members had caught fire and the vehicle was reduced to a mass of tangled scrap.  Hence a Boilermaker!


With a taste for our new favourite drink, our next stop was the pop up bar being run by Hobo Beer around the corner from Mark’s Bar, at 33 Marshall Street in Soho. Hobo are offering the same deal as Mark’s Bar £3 for a beer or £5 for a Woodford Reserve Boilermaker, we of course went for the boilermaker, it seemed rude not to!


This was my first time trying Hobo Beer, a Czech brewed craft beer that’s then canned here in the UK. Hobo isn’t what I was expecting, its actually a very smooth lager-like beer, it doesn’t have the usual Czech hit of flavour it’s a little more subtle than that, a good session beer I’m sure.


Woodford Reserve are the official Boilermaker partners of the London Beer Week and if you have never had one before now is your ideal opportunity to get out and try one, and will a quality whisky like Woodford being offered as part of the deal you really cant go wrong for a fiver.

Woodford Reserve is also available from all the usual supermarkets including Waitrose, Ocado, Tesco and Asda with an RRP of £31  or if you are out in London here are a few of our recommended stops to have a drop:

Where to enjoy Woodford Reserve:

Nightjar (

Hawksmoor (

Hix Bar & Grill (

Duck & Waffle (

The American Bar & The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy (

Scarfes Bar (


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T.M. Lewin Global Style.

Posted on 15 February 2015 by Eddie

This week I was sent a new (easy iron) shirt and tie courtesy of T.M. Lewin. I was impressed by the quality, from the double cuff for cuff links to the removable collar stiffeners, considering that I mail ordered it the fit was spot on too. The tie was 100% silk and nice and thick.

This is part of T.M. Lewin’s new range influenced by the six key fashion capitals of the world: New York, London, Milan, Paris, Tokyo, Barcelona

This seemed like a good opportunity to show that Liverpool Fashion goes beyond shell suits and football kits.

In light of the launch, there is an online competition to win one of the City outfits every two weeks. Each entrant will also be entered into a prize draw to win a trip to their city of choice. Entering is really easy, you just need to Tweet, Instagram or upload a picture of you wearing some T.M Lewin product using the hashtag #tmglobalstyle

Please follow these links to buy The Shirt or The Tie as shown in the below pictures. #tmglobalstyle




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Top Ten Sylvester Stallone Movies

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Top Ten Sylvester Stallone Movies

Posted on 12 February 2015 by Chris Ford

Sylvester Stallone has made his name in cinema as the ultimate action hero, taking the lead in blockbusters including The Expendables, Rocky and Rambo. This year, he heads up one of the greatest casts ever assembled as COLLECTION bursts onto DVD on 9th February 2015 and digital platforms from 2nd February 2015 courtesy of Signature Entertainment. To celebrate the release, we take a look back at some of his greatest roles over the decades…


Collection (2015)
Stallone is joined by a hugely diverse and exciting cast in this high octane story of a diverse group of people all making big changes on the advice of a reclusive and mysterious writer, Teddy Rayman (Tom Berenger). The dark and enigmatic Teddy reaches out to various people and saves them from their often violent and troubled lives in this fast-paced thriller, which also features Kevin Connolly, Thomas Jane, Kelsey Grammer, Terry Crews and Danny Trejo.


Rocky (1976)
Considered by many one of the greatest films of all time, Stallone penned this drama and stars in the titular role as Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer who stumbles into a once-in-a-lifetime chance to fight heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) – Creed’s managers assume the match will be an easy win (and great publicity) for Creed, but Rocky has other ideas, gearing up for a match that could potentially be his only shot at the big time…


First Blood (1982)
The first in a series of films based on the novel by David Morell, First Blood sees Stallone take his first outing as former United States Special Forces soldier Rambo. A recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honour, he is still traumatised by his time in Vietnam. While visiting a friend in Washington, he is insulted by Sheriff William Teasel (Brian Dennehy), goading him until he is arrested and suffers harassment from the sheriffs- triggering memories of his torture in Vietnam. Escaping, his mind regresses back to his days in the war, and he begins a rampage through the forest to escape from the sheriffs determined to kill him…


Cobra (1986)
This fast-paced, brutal and action-packed drama sees Stallone play renegade cop Lt. Marian Cobretti, who is tasked with tracking down a ruthless cult of serial killers, led by the self-proclaimed ‘Night Slasher’ (Brian Thompson). When model Ingrid (Brigitte Nielsen) witnesses one of their murders, she immediately finds herself in grave danger- and is placed under the protection of Cobretti and his partner Sergeant Gonzalez (Reni Santoni), as they make a last ditch attempt to track down the killers and bring them to justice once and for all…


Cliffhanger (1993)
This brilliantly tense thriller uses the stunning setting of the inhospitable Rockies, and showcases the talents that originally made Stallone a superstar. He plays Gabe, a once-successful rescue climber who has since left his job after losing his friend in a traumatic accident. A year later, Gabe is asked to go back to the very same mountain range to assist with the rescue of a group of stranded mountaineers… unbeknownst to him however, the stranded group are in fact thieves searching for their heist, and willing to do anything to recover it…


Judge Dredd (1995)
Set in a hyper-violent dystopian future, this sci-fi favourite stars Stallone as Judge Joseph Dredd, a Judge with all three judiciary powers -police, jury and executioner. When he is convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, he sets out to find out who is really responsible- and discovers that corrupt Judge Rico (Armand Assante) is behind it. With help from his colleague Judge Hershey (Diane Lane) and computer hacker Fergie (Rob Schneider), Judge Dredd sets out to bring Rico to justice, and put a stop to his destructive plans…


Antz (1998)
This Dreamworks animation risked being overshadowed by the ensuing feud with Disney (due to similarities between it and Pixar’s A Bug’s Life) – however, the film more than stands up to scrutiny, offering a sharp, wickedly funny and markedly grown up tone to the latter. With a voice cast that included Stallone along with Woody Allen, Dan Aykroyd, Sharon Stone and Anne Bancroft, Antz tells the story of Z (Allen), a deeply neurotic ant desperately trying to break free of his authoritarian society and escape to Insectopia, all while trying to win the affection of Princess Bala (Stone), who he’s fallen in love with following a chance meeting.


Get Carter (2000)
Stallone is joined by a stellar cast in this remake of the 1971 British crime drama, including Miranda Richardson, Alan Cumming, Michael Caine, Mickey Rourke and Rachel Leigh Cooke. Stallone stars as Jack Carter, a mob enforcer living in Las Vegas, who pays a visit to his hometown of Seattle for his brother’s funeral. During this visit, he discovers that the ‘accidental’ death of his brother was in fact a brutal murder- and sets out to avenge his brother and kill all those responsible…


Rambo (2008)
Taking place several years after the first Rambo instalment, First Blood, this action thriller sees John Rambo (Stallone) enjoying the quiet life in a rural Thai village near the Burmese border, capturing snakes for local entertainers, and transporting passengers in his boat. After assisting a group of Christian aid workers into Burma, their humanitarian mission takes a drastic turn when the village is attacked and the missionaries are kidnapped. Once again, Rambo is asked to assist in transporting passengers – but this time it’s a group of mercenaries sent on a rescue mission… one which he chooses to join.


The Expendables (2010)
This hit action franchise finally brought together some (almost all, really) of the biggest names in the genre- led by Stallone, the film’s leading gang also included action veterans Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Terry Crews and Randy Couture. As if that wasn’t awesome enough, the bad guy was played by none other than B-movie action regular Eric Roberts and there were notable cameos by action staples such as Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. Unsurprisingly, the team proved so popular with audiences that it spawned two sequels, adding action stars like Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Wesley Snipes to the roster.

COLLECTION bursts onto DVD on 9th February 2015 and digital platforms from 2nd February 2015 courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

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10 Steps to a Flipping Perfect Pancake Day

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10 Steps to a Flipping Perfect Pancake Day

Posted on 12 February 2015 by Chris Ford

Garry Durrant, Head Ched at Hunter 486 in The Arch London
Pancake Day is coming up and being a grown man its time you ditched the packet mix and impress your friends and family with delicious homemade pancakes. Homemade pancakes take minutes to make and are fresher, tastier, and better for you (probably!)
So with that in mind we asked Chef-de-Partie Beatriz Sanchez at 5* boutique hotel The Arch London for his tips on the perfect pancake.
1. Pick a pancake style
Almost every country and culture has its own version of pancakes, from a Malaysian ‘Lempeng’ made with banana and coconut, to a French crepe, fat American pancake stack, or classic British pancakes served with sugar and lemon. The mixture for pancakes differs depending on the country’s readily available ingredients, such as corn in Venezuela, cabbage in Japan and rice in Nepal. All types of pancakes are relatively easy to make, so why not consider trying some different kinds to spice up your pancake day.
2. Fat matters
If making traditional English pancakes, make sure to use plenty of fat to get the batter nice and crispy. If you use oil, then I recommend vegetable oil, and if you use butter, then clarified butter works best.
3. Timing
Pancakes should usually only take about 2-3 minutes to cook, but its best to ignore the clock and check for bubbles on the top of the pancake which means its ready to flip over. Make sure not to cook it for much longer than 2-3 minutes though, as the batter could dry out.
4. Toppings
Pancakes are delicious both sweet and savoury, depending on your taste. They go very well with fresh fruit, chocolate and maple syrup, but equally well with ham, cheese and bacon for example. Try using different cheeses such as brie, ricotta, or blue cheese which taste amazing when melted inside a crispy pancake.
5. Hitting the pan
Don’t just dollop the mixture in with any old kitchen utensil. It’s helpful if you spoon the batter into the pan using a large ladle so it can be poured into the hot pan in one go. As soon as the batter hits the pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with a nice thin layer of batter.


Here is a simple pancake recipe for making around 11 pancakes:
75g – Plain flour
120ml – Full fat milk
Pinch of sugar
Pinch of salt
1 egg
Put the flour, salt and sugar into a bowl and make a dip in the centre using a spoon. In a separate bowl, whisk the milk and egg together, and then whisk this gradually into the flour mixture. The batter should resemble the consistency of single cream. Some people swear by leaving the mixture to rest for an hour, but I think its fine to use straight away. A heavy non-stick frying pan about 16cm across is best – over a steady medium to high heat.

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The Arch London will be offering complimentary fresh chocolate, strawberry, and banana pancakes to hotel guests from 11am to noon on Pancake Day. Head over to for more information.

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Game of Thrones – Sword Making Workshop

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Game of Thrones – Sword Making Workshop

Posted on 11 February 2015 by Chris Ford

To mark the release of GAME OF THRONES: The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-ray™ and DVD, HBO invited us recently to a day briefed as ‘An Introduction to Sword Making’ in the very fitting setting of Glastonbury in Somerset.

We arrived at The Forge of Avalon bright and early to be greeted by Richard our Swordsmith for the day.
So what qualifies Richard as a Swordsmith I asked, Richard said:
“Although I was born in the UK, I grew up under the shadow of the Austrian mountains in the highland region the Romans knew as Silva Nortica, the Northern Forest, and it was in these verdant surroundings that I first became apprentice blacksmith in a proper old-style village forge. Building on the foundation of skills hard-learned I was then most fortunate to become a student of the Master Swordsmith Eilenberger, a most erudite character, then in his seventies, to whom I am eternally indebted for passing on his enthusiasm and knowledge and love of the traditional craft that inspires me to this day.


In 2009 I took the opportunity to relocate my business from Austria to the epicentre of mysticism itself – Glastonbury, the Isle of Avalon – where it is reputed that once Wayland forged the legendary Excalibur … well, I’m sure you know the tale of Arthur and his mythic sword! Importantly, my philosophy embraces these stories – that the sword is a magical and mysterious creature which must reflect the true spirit of its master and to this end I assure all those who commission my work of my closest attention to their requirements at all times. “

Of course we were all raring to go and build our own version of Long Claw (Jon Snows sword in Game of Thrones) but like any apprentice you start off small to hone your skills, and as Richard explained to us his very first task as an apprentice was to perfect the hand forged nail so it emerged was ours, Richard was told to fill a bucket all those years ago, lucky for us we were tasked with just one… and believe me it was difficult!


Above is my rather feeble attempt at a Nail, this took me nearly 3 hours!

After our Nails were complete we took a break for lunch, the question I had to ask Richard was if he had made a sword in the same way the Valyrian steel blades were made in the Game of Thrones by pouring hot liquid steel into sword molds. Richard quickly dismissed this
“While that looks good on TV its simply not possible, the sword would be too weak to be functional”
Bubbles slightly burst we headed back to the workshop where we tackled our next challenge, a fire poker!


Richard explained that the the skills we had learnt making the nail would be used much the same for the poker but on a larger scale and it practice that was true although I in the end found the poker a bit easier to do I think because it was bigger and easier to hit!


Above is final poker on the right (yes I know its slightly bent!)
We had a excellent introduction into the skills required to make a sword and at some point I fully intend to come back and do the full four day course and make my own sword.
Sword making packages at Forge of Avalon start at £389, for more info and dates go to


Game of Thrones Season four is out on the 16th February on both DVD and Blu-ray …  All Men Must Die !

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Find love while Volunteering!

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Find love while Volunteering!

Posted on 05 February 2015 by Chris Ford

Volunteering is a fantastic way to give back to your community in a positive way, take a step back from the daily grind and do something good for others, I myself have been volunteering in various charities for the last three years and it has been an amazing experience.
With Valentines Day fast approaching there will be many single guys reading this and dreading it, well it may sound obvious but the answer to singledom is get out there and meet people! And Volunteering is a great way to do just that! Have a read of Ryans story for a bit of inspiration below:


Last year Ryan Postlethwaite logged onto the website Join In to look for matches. But he wasn’t looking for romance, he was looking for local volunteer opportunities. Six months on from Glasgow 2014, Ryan and girlfriend Charlie share how their experience as a Clyde-sider led to love.
Last year Ryan applied to be part of the 15,000 strong Commonwealth Games volunteer team. What he didn’t expect was that 330 miles away in Truro, his future girlfriend Charlie Tombs was also scrolling through the thousands of Join In opportunities and applying for the same role.
29 year-old Ryan and Charlie, 26, both found out about Join In following their experience at the London 2012 Olympics, where they were both volunteer Games Makers.
“I volunteered for the Commonwealth Games on the background of the amazing experience I had during the London 2012 Paralympic Games. To be involved in such events is exhilarating. From meeting athletes that demonstrate exceptional talent, hard-work and determination to working with new people that I may not have met otherwise.”


Fast forward to the Commonwealth Games and Charlie and Ryan were both selected to be Clyde-siders. They were placed on the same anti-doping team of 25 based in the athletics stadium in Hampden Park.
Ryan explains that it was love at first sight, “There was an immediate attraction on my part when I saw her on the first day. On the second day, we got talking and it turned out that we were both camping in the same campsite! We started hanging out together when we were off shift and hit it off right away.”
Ryan recalls his most memorable experience of volunteering at Glasgow, “The best moment in Glasgow was the men’s 4x100m relay final. Me and Charlie were literally stood on the finish line watching Usain Bolt in action. I think we’d only known each other for about 6 days but I remember being so happy that I’d spent it with Charlie – It was such a surreal experience and hopefully something we’ll be able to tell our grandchildren about.”
Ryan and Charlie kept their relationship discreet, keeping their romance secret from their team – or so they thought! The funniest moment that stands out for Charlie was during their last night at the Games, “Ryan was presented with a certificate by our station manager that read ‘Most Fun Award – for succeeding in more ways than just anti-doping’. So much for us thinking that our relationship was on the down-low and that no-one in our team knew!”
Glasgow 2014 came to an end but was just the beginning of Charlie and Ryan’s relationship. Ryan shares their plans for the future, “We decided after the Games that we would stay together and the rest, as they say, is history!”


Road to Rio
“We’re already counting down to Rio 2016 – I’m still hoping that could be our honeymoon destination but I’m not quite sure what Charlie thinks about that!”
“Charlie finishes her degree this summer and is moving to Manchester so we can live together, and hopefully spend the rest of our lives living out the dream! I definitely feel fortunate to have volunteered as I’ve met someone who I love to bits and want to spend the rest of my life with.”
To find your perfect match visit

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Posted on 05 February 2015 by Chris Ford


Professional high stakes poker player, Jack Daniel (Jack Eads; CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, ER), gets in with the underworld when he takes a wager proposed by Duffy (Stephen Lang; Avatar, Men Who Stare at Goats), a mysterious gambler. To protect his family and himself, Jack must outwit Lewis (Ted Levine; Shutter Island, American Gangster) and his scheming wife May (AnnaLynne McCord; 90210, Nip Tuck) as each attempts to force him into murdering the other. Jack seeks the help of Paulie Trunks (Steven Segal; Under Siege, Executive Decision), a loan shark looking to collect on Jack’s poker debts, and protect his investment.

GUTSHOT is released on DVD on 16 February 2015 but we have three copies to giveaway, to win just email us with the subject ‘GUTSHOT’at by Feb 16th when three winners will be drawn at random.

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Atari: Game Over – Review

Posted on 02 February 2015 by Chris Ford

I’m a little too young to be of the Atari generation but I still remember it fondly, going round to cousins houses and being in awe of the games, as simple and basic as they seem now they were ground breaking back then and with the release of new documentary Atari : Game Over my interest has sparked up again.


First of all the concept is a little strange I admit, the main story of the film follows a group of Atari enthusiasts as they discover if the legend of Atari burying a mass stock of a failed game in the desert is reality  or a myth.


Why do they care? Well after watching it I’m still not sure other than a geeky curiosity crossed between some kind archaeological preservation of past gaming history.
The most interesting part of this documentary though isn’t the search for the games themselves but the story of the rise and fall of Atari and what is purported to be the worst video game of all time.
If you have a interest in gaming, Atari or tech in general then Atari: Game Over is well worth checking out.

ATARI: GAME OVER, available on VOD in the UK, US, Australia and Japan from now.

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