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
84 min

Tonight we're going to paint a picture of success,

peopled with characters who have imagination,

confidence in themselves,

faith in the future

and a very positive attitude to life.

Which means, simply, that they

never, ever take no for an answer.

Like Joe Radley, driller of fine holes

for the electronics boom.

Like George Taylor, who has turned

15 of holiday money

into a 3 million pound business.

Like Clive Sinclair, electronics wizard

who could beat the Japs and the Americans

at their own game.

I consider it very much my role

to foresee the future.

For example, I anticipate totally

automatic personalised cars

powered by electricity drawn from

internal batteries or the mains.

That's a very real goal.

Starting in the early 1960s

Sinclair has introduced a world

to a series of remarkable technological advances.

Miniature amplifiers,

personal in-ear radios

and his real breakthrough,

the world's first slimline pocket calculator.

Sinclair went on to produce dozens of models

before foreign manufacturers flooded the market.

Undaunted, Sinclair moved on to

the world's first digital quartz watch

but faulty components spelt disaster.

Faced with financial ruin, Sinclair had to

turn to the government for help -

selling a share of his company

to the National Enterprise Board

in order to fund future projects.

What we've brought in is public investment,

and business know-how -

and we're confident that the portable

television we've developed together

will be a great success.

This is claimed to be the world's first

truly commercial pocket television.

It's been launched by an English company

in London today -

in America, later this week.

This is one of the things we hope will

be making money for Britain

this year, and in years to come.

Whether it does or not,

you can at least say

that it works, and that it goes into your pocket.

The answer is no.

But why?

Have you even looked at these accounts?

We're in no position to throw away

taxpayers' money on concept products!

This is not a concept product.

It's dreamland, Clive.

We're running a proper business here.

Not an amusement arcade!

There is no more research money for the car.

I'm sorry.

Nothing personal, Clive.

Who are these people?

What do they think they're running here?

What's the point of funding an invention

if you can't stomach the inventor?


Jesus Christ!

What the bloody hell's the matter with you?

I don't give a shit about components.

Just get it working!

What the bloody hell do you think I pay you for?

F*ck's sake, I'm surrounded by incompetence!

The top end, I've got people who

don't know their arse from their elbow...

I'll have a word with him.

...at the bottom end, there are people

who can't even answer a fucking telephone!

Yes, maybe later.

Come on - pub.

Cheers man.

I've had enough of these

Bolshevik penny-pinchers.

And bugger technical instruments!

We've taken technical instruments

and hi-fis as far as they can go.

I've watched the pocket calculator we invented

be hijacked by the Japanese

and their ugly plastic grot.

I'll be damned if they take away my car.

They don't have the first idea about

Sinclair Radionics.

Can't they see we exist to push barriers?

We won't be constrained like this.

What's that line from Browning...?

'A man's reach must exceed his grasp,

or what's a heaven for?'

Who's that for?

No grudges, you know me.

As inventors, we're obliged to dream.

To be unconstrained in our quest for progress.

Always to be pushing at the barriers.

And we must never forget that allied to

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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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