A Secret State Within a State
Secret City – 2015 | Michael Chanan and Lee Salter
‘Secret City' is a film by Michael Chanan and Lee Salter which investigates the history and contemporary role of the City of London Corporation.
The City of London Corporation is an ancient body which dates back before William the Conqueror, before there was a parliament in Westminster, which zealously guards its autonomy and privileges to this day.
Chanan and Salter tell the story though interviews with politicians, academics, writers, activists and campaigners, counterpointed with unfamiliar archive footage and a musical score by Simon Zagorski-Thomas taken from the nursery rhyme ‘Oranges and Lemons'.
This is our subject: a secret state within a state, with deleterious effects on democracy, politics and economics in London, the country, and the world, for the City is joint headquarters with Wall Street of global finance capital. In short, ‘Secret City' isn't just a film for Londoners – especially in these times of crisis, the role of the City concerns everyone everywhere.