• Certification: Film rated as: CFF-PG
  • Country: Canada South Africa
  • Release year: 2020
  • Run time: 90 minutes

How to watch

After this content becomes available November 16th at 1:00 am GMT+1, you'll have 7 days to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 48 hours to finish watching the film.

Select any of the dates below to go to the viewing platform. They are a remnant of the old system!

On 16 November, 19:00 there is a live Q&A with directors Diana Neille and Richard Poplak.

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90 minutes


We take for granted the forces that shape our collective reality and the invisible hands manipulating our thoughts and opinions.

The late Timothy Bell was a veteran of the British advertising world, most famous for being the favourite spin doctor and confidante of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Produced with the participation of Bell himself, Diana Neille and Richard Poplak’s debut documentary takes a look behind the curtain to analyse the man who pulled the strings, and chart the eventual fall from grace of his controversial PR firm, Bell Pottinger.

Influence is an ambitious exploration of perceptual manipulation and the malleability of truth in a world where 2+2 can equal 5 if you construct a narrative to make it so.

'globe-turning tangle of facts and untruths alike' - Variety

'deep dive and ocean-floor swim into the nefarious doings of PR firm Bell Pottinger.' - Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

'hugely detailed, altogether unnerving exposé' - Jonathan Romney, Screendaily


On 16 November, 19:00 there is a live Q&A with directors Diana Neille and Richard Poplak.

Once you have purchased your film ticket, you can join the live Q&A simply by selecting the Q&A box from the right sidebar on the viewing platform and then clicking “enter livestream” at the designated time. There is a countdown clock on the livestream window to let you know when it will start.

Join live for the chance to submit your questions.

Q&As will also be recorded and made available to ticket holders for the duration of the program availability window.