In 2002, Lee Salter joined Maurice Glassman and William Taylor to challenge the City of London’s Ward Elections Bill in the House of Lords. Lee worked as the legal researcher and after a dogged fight, they took a step toward fundamentally challenging the power of the City.
Suffice to say, the City managed to wrangle its way out.
Nearly ten years later Lee recounted the story to a Londoner on a hungover stumble around the City of London. The Londoner had lived there all his life but knew nothing of this story. “We should make a documentary about this”, said the Londoner, Anthony Killick.
After scrabbling around for a couple of months trying to make a documentary about London with no decent equipment and next to no film making skills, Lee told the story to the film maker Michael Chanan. It took one lunchtime discussion for Michael to come on board.
Over the next year, Lee got in contact with his old contacts and Secret City was born. Selling out across the UK and screening everywhere from Argentina to New Zealand, Secret City made quite an impression, even winning the London Independent Film Award for Best Documentary Feature.
The other achievement was to seemingly turn Salter into a life-long enemy of the City of London, but that’s another story.