The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire (2017)

This is a story of a new secret Britain Empire – based in the City of London.


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This is a story about how Britain transformed from an imperial power to a financial power. As the British Empire began to subside, a new empire was already being constructed in City of London. In its narrow winding streets and Masonic livery halls, shadowy financial interests sought out to create a web of secret ‘jurisdictions’ designed to sequester wealth from across the globe, before hiding it in a web of offshore island financial havens. As a result, a mass of wealth is now hidden in British jurisdictions – making Global Britain one of the world’s largest players in the world of international finance – allowing it to punch well above its weight and steer a planetary market.

Run time: 1 hour 18 min
Written & Directed by Michael Oswald
Released: 2017