The Spider's Web: Britain's Global Financial Offshore Empire

(Documentary Feature)

"How a gang of City of London old boys created a global financial offshore empire."

As Britain’s formal empire disintegrated, the City of London was able to transform itself from a hub operating the machinery of empire, into a global financial center. It did this by creating a web of secretive and unaccountable tax havens that attracted money from across the globe. The source of this money remained hidden. Money from criminals and dictators could be laundered, and then transferred to the city of London. This allowed Britain to retain a dominant position in the world without the need for a formal network of colonies.

But, as the world of offshore finance grew, so did the inherent corruption that secrecy and unaccountability breed. Isolated instances of fraud soon became institutionalized business practice, and before long began to seep into and corrupt Britain itself.

This is the story of how the unregulated offshore world came about, its global impact, and why it has been allowed to flourish.

This is the final film in a trilogy of economics documentaries, the first one being “97% Owned: How is money created,” the second, “Princes of the Yen: Central Banks and the Transformation of the Economy.”

 

Estimated Running Time: 104 minutes

Estimated release: 2016

Director: Michael Oswald

 

A Question of Justice: How Britain gets away with Torture

(Documentary Feature)

Why was mention of the British intelligence services redacted from the report on CIA torture? Why is the British government threatening to leave the European Convention on Human Rights to set up its own human rights court? “A Question of Justice” is a forthcoming documentary that will investigate the use and development of torture in Britain, how Britain hides its involvement in torture, and the legal arguments and processes it uses to justify and legitimize its use.

Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries Britain has been at the heart of the development and use of modern torture techniques, while at the same time being a signatory to various human rights treaties. Britain is able to do this because today’s sophisticated forms of torture often leave no physical marks, are difficult to prove, and hence deniable by the perpetrators.

Whilst the torturers and the powerful bureaucracy that lies behind them deny their actions and escape punishment, society is left to pick up the pieces of the victims’ cries for justice.

 

Estimated Running Time: TBA

Estimated release: TBA

Director: Michael Oswald

 

The Totalitarian State

(Documentary Feature)

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"How the contemporary totalitarian state subverts and destroys its imaginary enemies."

We think we know what a totalitarian state is and does and that its actions are readily discernible by even the most casual observer. But what we see and hear are descriptions of overt terror, perpetrated by weak and failed states. The modern scientific and organized state makes use of terror in a different and more devious way. This documentary investigates the forms of terror available to the totalitarian state in the 21st Century, it investigates the former East German Stasi’s technique of zersetzen, the subversion of undesirable individuals and groups, and asks the question: How can we be certain our own governments aren’t doing the same?

 

Estimated Running Time: TBA

Estimated release: TBA

Director: Michael Oswald

 

 

Dissident Voices

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“Dissident voices” is a series of interviews with activists, academics and whistleblowers, and attempts to document and spread ideas, theories and knowledge of current events outside of the interest of the mainstream media channels, that challenge conventional wisdom and perceptions of reality.

Interviews are conducted by the participants themselves in pairs, allowing for a more relaxed and informal setting where ideas and experiences can be explored and explained by individuals most familiar with them.

 

Estimated Release: Ongoing Project