James Cameron UK film's most powerful figure-poll

Thu Sep 23, 2010 7:10pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - "Avatar" and "Titanic" director James Cameron is the most influential individual in British film, a power 100 list published by the Guardian newspaper showed on Friday.

A panel of representatives from the film industry selected Cameron as the person who held the most influence over films the British cinema-going public decided to watch.

"At one end of the scale are Hollywood giants like James Cameron and Leonardo DiCaprio, and at the other are bloggers, festival programmers and cinema owners who all play a part in influencing our cinematic cultural map," said Andrew Pulver, the panel's chair and Guardian film editor.

Steven Spielberg, director of movies including "Saving Private Ryan" and "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" was second, followed by "Inception" star Leonardo DiCaprio, animation king and studio boss John Lasseter and actor Brad Pitt.

In 100th place were the newspaper's readers for their participation in recommending and reacting to movies via social networking sites.

The list was published to launch the Guardian's film season, which runs until October 22.

Following is a list of the Guardian's top 20 most influential people in British film:

1. James Cameron (director: Avatar, Titanic)

2. Steven Spielberg (director: Jurassic Park, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial; producer: Letters From Iwo Jima)   Continued...

<p>Film director James Cameron listens to questions from journalists during a news conference after he took part in the Mexico Century XXI forum at the National auditorium in Mexico City September 7, 2010. REUTERS/Henry Romero</p>