The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

Documentary screening

15 Feb 2011

A gaming hero and an unemployed teacher: The King of Kong tells the story of the intriguing battle between two men over the Donkey Kong record. The documentary is the third in our series of game related screenings. Every Tuesday at Mediamatic. Please RSVP.


The King of Kong found on Ryan's Reel Talk . -

The film

Back in the 80s Billy Mitchell set a Donky Kong record that would stand for almost 25 years. That is, until Steve Wiebe, an unemployed teacher, starts playing the classic game. Wiebe breaks Mitchell's record, but soon after Mitchell comes up with a video tape of himself setting again a new record. Subsequently Wiebe travels to Florida in 2007, hoping to arrange a duel between him and Mitchell. But does Mitchell have the guts to engage? And who will end up holding the record?

More information

The movie starts at 19.30. An all-inclusive ticket (entrance to the Arcade exhibition before 19.00, and to the movie) sets you back €7,50. A ticket to just the movie (after 19.00) is €5,-. Location: Mediamatic Bank, Vijzelstraat 68 Amsterdam. The documentary lasts approximately 90 minutes. Check the Arcade event page for more movies.


This screening is part of Mediamatic's latest exhibition, Arcade: an expanding collection of old and new games and installations. Arcade is open until March 27th, 2011. On weekdays between 13.00 and 19.00 and on the weekend from 13.00 to 18.00. Exhibition space meets arcade. Come play with us. Level 4: Handhelds will be opened on Saturday February 19th.