Micro Men

Synopsis: In 1979 Clive Sinclair, British inventor of the pocket calculator, frustrated by the lack of home investment in his project,the electric car, also opposes former assistant Chris Curry's belief that he can successfully market a micro-chip for a home computer. A parting of the ways sees Curry, in partnership with the Austrian Hermann Hauser and using whizz kid Cambridge students, set up his own, rival firm to Sinclair Radionics, Acorn. Acorn beat Sinclair to a lucrative contract supplying the BBC with machines for a computer series. From here on it is a battle for supremacy to gain the upper hand in the domestic market.
Genre: Biography, Drama
 
IMDB:
7.6
Year:
2009
84 min
11 Views


innovation is a clear Sinclair aesthetic.

Practicality, simplicity and elegance

are the pillars of my vision.

Remember that, boys.

Elegance, above all.

Excuse me, Clive. I'd like you to meet

a friend of mine - Hermann Hauser.

Hermann, this is Clive Sinclair.

A pleasure to meet you.

German?

I'm Austrian. A common error.

I was just talking about the importance

of elegance in innovative design.

As with your Black Watch?

Oh - yes.

But your watch didn't work properly.

Elegance and functionality, no?

Hermann's doing a PhD at the Cavendish.

It's on oxidisation.

Yes, well some of us didn't go to university,

did we, Chris.

We prefer the cut-and-thrust of the real world

but I'm sure watching things rust

has its interest.

I'm sorry, you'll have to forgive him.

Chris, Clive here.

I'd like to have a word with you in private.

Meet me in the Rolls in five minutes.

We've had six months of this state control,

and it's been even worse than I thought.

This interference in my business is intolerable.

I've asked you here because I trust you, Chris.

I want you to consider yourself freed

from your employment at Sinclair Radionics.

What?

Don't worry, you'll still work for me.

I hold another company name:

Science Of Cambridge - it's a shell,

no more than that,

but I want you to start operating it.

Right...?

I've rented a property in King's Parade -

probably start with a couple of small projects.

There are some of those calculator chips

down in the store,

do help yourself to those.

Okay. I mean, I have been speaking to Hermann

about a basic micro-computing kit.

Yes, yes. What you'll be doing

is preparing the ground

for me to move in when this Stalinist

shibboleth crumbles, as it surely will.

You, Chris, will be keeping the flame alive.

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Tony Saint

Antony David Saint (born 1968, west Northumberland, England) is an English novelist, playwright and screenwriter. more…

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