Spanner Films

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Spanner Films
Type Film production company
Industry Independent film
Founded London, UK (1997)
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Key people Franny Armstrong
Lizzie Gillett
Products Documentary film

Spanner Films is a small London-based documentary company founded by film director Franny Armstrong in 1997.


Notable productions include the no-budget epic McLibel (1997/2005), the story of a postman and a gardener who took on McDonald's and won, with courtroom reconstructions by Ken Loach; Drowned Out (2002), following an Indian family who decide to stay at home and drown rather than make way for the Narmada Dam

The Age of Stupid (2009), a drama-documentary-animation hybrid film about anthropogenic climate change. The film was crowd funded via a bespoke website which raised £1.5m.[1]

Future productions[edit]

In March 2014 Spanner Films announced their new project "Undercovers", a television drama series about the undercover police officers who infiltrated the British activist scene for 50 years, and the women who unknowingly had longterm relationships and children with the spies. The series is being written by Simon Beaufoy, Alice Nutter, and Franny Armstrong, and executive produced by Tony Garnett.[2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Is crowd-funding the future for documentaries?". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Undercovers Press Release". Spanner Films. Retrieved 13 March 2014.