Spanner Films

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Spanner Films
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.


The company's earliest production was McLibel (1997/2005), a documentary film about David Morris and Helen Steel, a postman and a gardener, who took on McDonald's and won the case, with courtroom reconstructions by Ken Loach. Drowned Out (2002) follows 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 long term 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.