The feature-length documentary film INFLUENCE charts the recent

advancements in weaponized communication by investigating the rise

and fall of the world’s most notorious public relations and reputation

management firm: the British multinational Bell Pottinger.

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WINNER 

Best South African Documentary

 

DURBAN INTERNATIONAL

FILM FESTIVAL 2020

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[Influence] is the kind of story that makes you question everything, because it suggests

that we now live in a time when the very texture of our lives can be defined, designed and manipulated by powerful forces. We may think of ourselves as smarter and savvier,

but the machine of dreams isn’t done with us yet.

~ Bilge Ebiri, Vulture

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Africa HR Film Festival Official Selecti

An extraordinary, eye-opening look at one man, but the documentary... is really about how the world works, in particular this world we live in now, presided over by populist nationalists such as Donald Trump and Boris Johnson.

~ John Doyle, The Globe and Mail

Bell Pottinger Gupta's Girl, Victoria Geoghegan, who now works at Thoburns in London
A visitor to the White House in Washington DC and her child.
A political protest in Cape Town, South Africa

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INFLUENCE is a hell of a film. It's one of those films where, as you watch it, everything you thought you knew about history changes. The curtain is pulled back and important little details are revealed that give you a deeper understanding of what happened and why.

~ Steve Kopian, Unseen Films

WHERE TO WATCH

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

ACT Human Rights Film Festival 

October 1 - 10, 2020 | Online

Double Exposure

 October 14 - 18, 2020 | Online

Cleveland Interrnational Film Festival 

April 7 - 18, 2021 | Physical screenings

Former Bell Pottinger Iraq special operations unit head Paul Bell overlooking Baghdad, Iraq
South African opposition politician Phumzile van Damme
Daily Maverick Associate Editor Marianne Thamm

Press enquiries:

North America | Ingrid Hamilton, GAT PR

ingrid@gat.ca

South Africa | Joy Sapieka & Associates

joyls@mweb.co.za

Sales enquiries:

Shane Riley, Cinetic Media 

shane@cineticmedia.com

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Former co-founder of Bell Pottinger, Lord Tim Bell, in an interview with the PR Moment Podcast in London
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