Secret City scoops best documentary award at London Independent Film Festival

Issue date: 23 April 2013

Secret City Documentary title screen

A film by a current lecturer and a former professor from UWE Bristol, lifting the lid on the inner workings of the city of London, has won the Best Feature Documentary award at the London Independent Film Festival.

Secret City is a documentary about the city of London, the corporation that runs it and its role in the financial crisis. It will next be screened locally at The Little Theatre in Bath on Sunday 28 April at 2.45 pm.

The 10th London Independent Film Festival announced the award yesterday, at the end of an 11-day festival which showcased the best of low-budget filmmaking from the UK and abroad.

Secret City was written by Lee Salter, Senior Lecturer in Journalism at UWE, and directed by Michael Channan, Professor of Film and Video at the University of Roehampton. The film uncovers the hidden history of the institutions at the heart of the economic crisis and shines a spot light on the complex relationships between these corporations, the government, the monarchy, the church and Greater London, in terms of the global economy.

The film was released last December and previewed at the House of Commons before being screened at a range of venues across London. Secret City sold out at Bristol's Watershed Cinema and London's Frontline Club, receiving widespread recognition and critical praise, with The Independent calling it an 'acclaimed investigative film'. The film has also received coverage as far afield as Russia, recently appearing on the Russia Today programme, which fuelled further interest in the documentary.

Lee Salter said, “This is an important award for us, especially coming on top of sell-out screenings all over the UK. We've also just launched the film on DVD via E2 Films, and it has been translated into German, Italian, French and Spanish.”

Festival director Erich Schultz said, “Another year of absolutely fantastic low-budget films from around the world. I'm certain we'll be seeing many great things from these filmmakers in the very near future.”

Hosted at the Shortwave Cinema near London Bridge, the 2013 London Independent Film Festival screened over 100 films. The festival highlights the best in low and micro-budget filmmaking every April and has been called, “A treasure trove of undiscovered cinematic gems and one of Europe's top indie film fests." (British Film Magazine).

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