Film review: The Spider’s Web

Forget anything by John Le Carre, this is a real political drama which is more thrilling than anything seen in Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy. This documentary isn’t like any fiction film that Hollywood has ever produced, which goes to show you that real life is far more sinister and corrupt than anything that a screenwriter can imagine. read more

by Bianca Garner on Filmotomy



The Spider’s Web Q&A

The Spider’s Web, Britain’s Second Empire is a thoroughly researched, well-crafted and documentary by Michael Oswald that explores the history of Britain’s tax havens and the system that encouraged their creation rooted in its colonial history.  We caught up with Michael for a Q and A. read more

by Mydylarama



Film review: The Spider’s Web

The Spider’s Web employs an array of experts in offshore tax havens to detail the degree to which the British elite has created a system of shocking inequity. This is a film all ordinary, tax-paying citizens should watch. read more

by Nick Holdsworth on Modern Times – The European Documentary Magazine



Jersey Finance trolls The Spider’s Web film

Viewers of Michael Oswald’s seminal film on Britain’s tax haven empire have been bemused in recent days by a pop-up ad put out by Jersey Finance, the finance industry lobby in tax haven Jersey. read more

by Tax Justice Network




Money laundering, political corruption, stolen billions and a secret mafia

A very important and necessary documentary, in light of ongoing financial crises in many countries, supposedly necessitating austerity programs and privatisations of state-owned companies and corporations… read more

by Under Southern Eyes



Film review: The Spider’s Web

The Spider’s Web offers unique insight into the British Empire, both past and present, and its colonies and far flung outposts. This is a story which, if known at all, is often understood through a rose tinted view of what that British Empire actually represented. read more

by Joel Benjamin on Open Democracy



Storbritannias skjulte imperium

The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire (2017) kartlegger hvordan den britiske eliten har skapt et sjokkerende ulikt økonomisk system, gjennom opprettelsen av skatteparadiser rundt om i verden. read more

by Nick Holdsworth on NYTID



Review: The Spider’s Web

Britain once hotly debated whether or not to cast the 1,000 year old medieval relic of the Corporation into the dustbin. By the time of municipal reform fervor at the height of Victorian empire (mid 1800’s), the City had long been seen…. read more

by Tim Russo



cropped-bne_log_bigReview: The Spider’s Web

Should you be having difficulties making sense of the “Paradise Papers” or simply not know much about tax havens, then Michael Oswald’s documentary film “The Spider’s Web: Britain’s second empire” is the ideal place to begin. read more…

by Mathew D. Rose and David Shirreff on



dwn_facebookCity of London: Capital of an invisible empire

The British Empire still persists – in the guise of the City of London. This is where the real power lies. In their documentary “The Spider´s Web” filmmaker Michael Oswald and producer and insider John Christensen take a closer look at the gravitational centre of the financial world and it´s influence on politics worldwide. read more…

by Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten



dwn_facebook„In vielen Fällen vernichten die Banken Wohlstand statt ihn zu schaffen“

In ihrem Film „The Spider´s Web“ beleuchten die Banken-Kritiker Michael Oswald und John Christensen die Rolle der City als Spinne im Netz der Weltfinanz und ihren Einfluss auf die Politik in der ganzen Welt. read more…

by Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten



TaxcastSpider’s Web Taxcast Special etc.

We talk to film director Michael Oswald about his new film The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire. Listen for details on how you can see the film. Also, we discuss booming Sweden’s ‘reverse-Trumpism’: its economy grew almost…    read more…

by Naomi Fowler on The Taxcast


movieSteve_logo‘The Spider’s Web’ – Review: “A fascinating, informative film asking all the right questions.” 

This is where the missing trillions of dollars are sitting that ought to be building roads and hospitals, in Africa most notably, but also to a large extent in the developed world. read more…

by Steve Morrissey on



progressive-pulse-logo_only‘The Spider’s Web’ – a film on The City

Last evening I had the opportunity to attend a preview of ‘The Spider’s Web’, a new film about the City of London. Made on a shoestring budget, it was nonetheless successful at showing how the City has accumulated most of its wealth, read more…

by Peter May on



British Black List logoRevelatory Documentary “The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire”, A Must-See

Michael Oswald’s newest revelatory feature documentary – one which is as important to Britain as Ava Du Vernay’s 13th (2016) is to Americans. read more…

by Descant Deb on



occupylogo_400x400Princes of the Yen: How Japan’s Central Bankers Engineered their Country’s Boom and Bust

Can central banks create booms and busts by manipulating the money supply? Do they do this in order to create a public consensus for economic, political and social change?     read more…

by Michael Oswald  on



filmgodsReview: Princes of the Yen

Overall, the documentary succeeds in delivering a thought provoking and engaging narrative that permeates deep into your subconscious. By the time the end credits are rolling you will feel enthused to not only consider our own economic conditions but also to even dare to contemplate an alternative economic structure.   read more…

 5stars   by Simeon C. Roberts on  



movieSteve_logoReview: Princes of the Yen

Halfway through watching this simple but fascinating documentary, by the same team that made the equally eye-opening 97% Owned, a friend turned up. Instead of saying “How are you?” or “Wanna cup of tea?” (I’m writing this in the UK), I said, “God, I’m watching this amazing documentary about economics in Japan and how the authorities there deliberately sabotaged the country’s economy, and the whole 1980s boom and bust was a fix, and the…” and on I burbled.      read more…

4 stars   by Steve Morrissey on



filmgodsThe Film Gods interview with Queuepolitely

Anyone who has seen Queue Politely’s “97% Owned” will know that this is an intelligent and powerful film about the monetary system and unlike many others is presented from a British perspective.    read more…

by Simeon C. Roberts on




 positive newsReview: 97% Owned

With cinematic production values, the film opens like a gripping thriller and unfolds an exhausting and tense narrative thread throughout…  read more…

by Caspar Walsh on




onn_02Occupy News Network Q&A for 97% Owned

ONN: It seems clear that with this documentary you felt the need to inform people about how our financial system works. What else could be done to make citizens aware of the dangers that this system could lead to?

Queuepolitely: For us it’s not about ‘dangers’ per se but truth and equality. [Site offline, article re-posted  here…]

by Occupy News Network