The Guardian - September 24th, 2010
“Let’s start with the basics: what do you have to do to get into the inaugural Film Power 100?”
This is the question that The Guardian asked themselves recently when they compiled and published their first ever Film Power 100, a countdown of the most powerful members of the global film industry.
A compilation of the great and the good, the Spielbergs and the Camerons, Dogwoof Founder Andy Whittaker finds himself at no. 86:
“Few small UK distributors can claim to represent an entire sector, but Dogwoof – which describes itself as a social enterprise – has cemented its reputation by releasing a string of activist documentaries: The Age of Stupid, Food, Inc., Black Gold, The End of the Line. Bigger players in the industry will no doubt have an eye on its use of social networking and digital distribution, and it might well have its biggest release yet next month with Restrepo, the Afghanistan documentary described by the New York Times as belonging on the “short shelf of essential 21st-century combat movies”.” The Guardian explain their selection process as “Our definition of power is this: the ability to shape the experience of film viewing in the UK. That means it’s not just a list of British film figures. Nor is it a run-through of Hollywood moguls: everyone on our list has to have demonstrable influence within the UK.“