Can film change the world?
The Event – London


8:30am - 5:30pm – 9 February 2017 at The Royal Institution


Films can inform, move, entertain and, ultimately, inspire change. As the film world comes to town for the BAFTA Awards, we’re rolling out our own red carpet for a special one-day symposium exploring the Power of Film and Moving Image. Join us as we turn the spotlight on to some of the nation’s leading commentators, activists and writers and ask them to reflect on the impact of feature films, documentaries, advertising, GoPro footage, Facebook Live, and other media on culture and politics. 

See our list of speakers below and get set for an amazing, thought-provoking day.





Charles Finch

Charles Finch is a leading veteran both of the entertainment business, publishing and brand world who believes we can collectively establish a powerful annual forum of discussion to... Explore

The Power of Film to Change Young People's Lives

Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE

Beeban Kidron is a British filmmaker who has spent over 35 years working in feature film, television drama and documentary... Explore

Interview on Trump and the Media

Christiane Amanpour

Christiane Amanpour is CNN's chief international correspondent and anchor of the network's award-winning, flagship global affairs programme Amanpour. She has documented the... Explore


Planet Earth

Dr Michael Gunton

Michael Gunton works for BBC Worldwide and the BBC as Creative Director of Factual and the Natural History Unit. His work within the Natural History Unit has seen him establish the... Explore

Film, Democracy and Dissent

Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read woman writer in Turkey. She is also a political commentator and an inspirational public speaker. She writes in... Explore

The Power of Film and Propaganda

Fatima Bhutto 

Fatima Bhutto was born in Afghanistan in 1982. She grew up in Syria and Pakistan and has written for Granta, Financial Times... Explore



Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer is a world-renowned feminist, intellectual and orator. She is the author of a number of influential books including The Female Eunuch, Slip-Shod Sibyls and The Whole... Explore

Film and Refugees

Hassan Akkad

Hassan Akkad is an English teacher and photographer from Damascus, Syria. Hassan is one of the million people who arrived in Europe in 2015. He shares a story and experience of many... Explore

Creating new realities – films, games and technology

Herman Narula

Herman is the cofounder and CEO of Improbable, a London-based technology startup born out of Cambridge University...  Explore



John Simpson

BBC World Affairs Editor, John Simpson is a journalist, broadcaster, columnist and accomplished author. Born in 1944 and educated at St Paul’s School and Magdalene College... Explore

Empathy, Design & Technology in Reality TV

Jude Pullen and ROSS ATKIN

Jude Pullen and Ross Atkin are designers and engineers who are working on the BBC2 reality series The Big Life Fix which shows the UK’s.... Explore

Advertising and Gender Equality

Katrina Dodd

Katrina Dodd is a senior strategist at the London office of Contagious, a consultancy dedicated to helping brands and advertising agencies around the world understand and adapt to... Explore



Lord Melvyn Bragg

Melvyn Bragg began his broadcasting career at the BBC in 1961. He has written several award-winning novels – The Soldier’s Return, The Maid of Buttermere, Remember Me and most... Explore


Mariella Frostrup

Mariella Frostrup is a writer and broadcaster, currently best known as presenter of Radio 4’s long­-running weekly programme Open Book. Her weekly dilemma column, Dear Mariella has been running in... Explore


Oren Yakobovich

Oren Yakobovich is a social entrepreneur working at the intersection of human rights and film-making. He is a leading voice on how to use visual information to create sustainable, lasting positive change in areas... Explore


Film in the Digital Age: Drones, Satellites and AI

Sophie Hackford

Sophie is currently on a self-designed underground research program to discover extraordinary tech breakthroughs and the social... Explore

Films and Cars

Stephen Bayley

Stephen Bayley is an author, critic, columnist, consultant, broadcaster, debater and curator. His best-selling books and award-winning journalism have, over the past thirty years, changed... Explore

Art Films in the Internet Age

Will Self

Will Self is the author of eleven novels, seven short story collections, and seven essay collections. He is a prolific journalist and has contributed to a plethora of major world publications... Explore


Power of Film to Save Lives


Catherine McCarthy is Chief Executive of Medical Aid Films – a dynamic and impactful UK registered charity - which uses the power of film and animation to transform the health and save the lives of millions... Explore

On Emotional Cinema


Franc Roddam's films include Quadrophenia, K2, Aria, Lords of Discipline and War Party. He created the worldwide TV phenomenon, Masterchef, which is shown in 200 countries worldwide and there are 90... Explore



In addition to her presenting duties on Impact, Yalda continues to deliver hard hitting journalism not only for the Our World strand, but also for BBC News. Her interview with Hamid Karzai, President of... Explore


Gurinder Chadha


Gurinder Chadha is an English film director born in Kenya, best known for the hit films Bend It Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice. Quirky comedies, most of her... Explore

Harvey Weinstein


Harvey Weinstein is an American film producer and film studio executive. He is best known as co-founder of Miramax with his brother Bob, naming the company after... Explore



The Venue


The Royal Institution

21 Albemarle Street
London W1S 4BS
United Kingdom

Travel Information:
Tube: Green Park, Bond Street, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus
Bus: 9, 14, 19, 22 and 38


Get set for an amazing, thought-provoking day.