Homegrown IMDb

Col NeedhamI quite often write about the area where I live, doing my bit to talk up its achievements, but even I am amazed at some of the things you learn. Like renowned websites starting life here.

I’ve used the IMDb site many times to check on obscure members of the cast in even more obscure films, but I didn’t know that found life in a living room in Tameside.

Its founder, Col Needham, was and is a movie buff, mainly fuelled by the advent of home video players and trips to local cinemas. And though he sold out to Amazon in 1998, making him a millionaire, he still works on the mammoth database project.

And his favourite films? Hitchcock’s Vertigo and North by North West at number one and three, while sandwiched in between is Inception which I bought on DVD, but have still to watch.

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