‘Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview’ headed to the big screen

“Missing footage from an interview Apple co-founder Steve Jobs did almost 20 years [ago] for a landmark miniseries that ran on PBS in the United States and Channel 4 in Britain has resurfaced and is the basis for a new documentary that will be shown in Landmark Theatres around the country on Nov. 16 and 17,” Joe Flint reports for The Los Angeles Times. “The movie, ‘Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview,’ is from a conversation Jobs conducted with Robert Cringely for the author and producer’s 1996 miniseries ‘Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires’ about the origins of the personal computer industry and the emergence of Silicon Valley as a technology hub.”

“The ‘Interview,’ which was in between Jobs’ stints at Apple, captures all sides of the complex visionary. Jobs rips into Microsoft and Apple and goes into great detail about how betrayed he felt when he was fired from a company he helped found,” Flint reports. “The question is whether there is enough interest in Jobs to get people to a movie theater to sit through an interview. ‘We are all taking a risk here. Maybe no one will come,’ Cringely said.”

“It’s not an expensive risk, though. The cost to give theatrical quality to a dubbed interview on VHS was only $6,000. Cringely’s math tells him he needs only 1,501 people to see the movie to turn a profit and notes that he has a ‘large extended family,'” Flint reports. “Besides Los Angeles and New York, ‘Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview’ will be screened in Landmark theaters in 17 cities around the country, including, of course, Palo Alto, where the movie will play for a week.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Carl H.” for the heads up.]


  1. He dropped Cringely a line telling him of his find and suggested that perhaps Cringely could put it on his technology blog I Cringely as a “gift to the world.”

    “He didn’t see any commercial value in it,” Cringely said. “I have three kids I have to put through college, so I thought maybe we could sell it.”

  2. Describing this footage as “lost” is a little disingenuous. it would be more accurate to call it “The stuff we didn’t use from the final cut”.

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