September 30, 2020

Influence Continues Its Winning Streak

The groundbreaking political documentary electrifies South African Audiences.


Richard Poplack and Diana Neille’s groundbreaking investigation into PR firm Bell Pottinger continues to be the most talked about South African film at the moment and is extending its local release to new audiences following the announcement that it is the winner of the prestigious Best South African Documentary Feature at the 2020 Durban International Film Festival.


The award is the latest in a string of accolades for the powerful film — a profile of ‘morally slippery British reputation manager’ Lord Timothy Bell of British PR Firm Bell Pottinger. Influence’s premiere at The Encounters Film Festival was also a significant success, becoming the most watched film of the 2020 festival line-up.


In October Johannesburg and Cape Town audiences will get the opportunity to view the film on the big screen as it gets its cinematic release at The Bioscope Independent Cinema, starting 1st October, that has just opened the doors to its new location at the 44 Stanley complex in Milpark and the Labia Cinema in Cape Town starting on the 2nd October. For viewers who can’t get to these movie houses keep a look out for announcements of upcoming screenings at the Garden Route Film Festival as well as a special airing on Local Free Television towards the end of the year.


The film is currently still doing well on the international festival circuit with premieres ongoing at its All True in Brazil, Double Exposure in Washington, DOC NYC in New York, DMZ Doc Fest in South Korea and then Moscow International Film Festival in October with many more being lined up.


Producer Neil Brandt of Storyscope says “it is great for the film to be recognized at home and we hope will continue to stimulate debate around the hidden relationships between power, access, financial flows and behind-the-scenes influence on modern democracies that are having to deal with unprecedent pressure from algorithm driven social media echo chambers!”

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