A film that gives a unique insight into the City of London and its role in the global economic crisis has a free screening at FACT this week. Secret City was made by former Edge Hill University lecturer Lee Salter and Michael Chanan, who will be taking part in a Q&A after the film tomorrow (March 20).
Run by a corporation older than Parliament, the City of London has played a key historical role in protecting and promoting the interests of finance capital – it’s a district of the capital that takes in the famous square mile at the heart of UK business and global finance – and it is, literally, a city in its own right, with about 7,000 residents.
Secret City investigates the power wielded by the Corporation of London over British economic policy, and exposes its anti-democratic constitution, the ancient laws which allow it function as a state within a state, and how it promotes an illusory promise of economic growth at the cost of the real economy.
Dr Lee Salter spent a year at Edge Hill before becoming a senior lecturer in journalism at the University of the West of England. About Secret City, he says: “The British economy, the constitution, the relations between the parts of the country and its relations with Europe and the rest of the world are forged in the City of London with no democratic oversight.
“We made this film really so people can better understand the power relations that normally escape our purview. We think the audience will find it startling and interesting.”
Secret City (plus Q+A)
6.30pm, 20 March