The Justice Files Episode 1 “Mrs Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Co” was created to dramatise one of the most famous contract law cases for national and international use. The film is intended as a pilot for a planned series of dramatisations of famous legal cases that established leading precedents in English law. These cases, which have rich and remarkable background stories, had a huge impact not only in the UK but around the world, as they form a vital part of the law in over 60 countries including the US, Canada, Australia, India and much of Africa.
The Carlill case is fundamental to contract law and is thus taught and studied by hundreds of thousands of law teachers and students every year. This, as well as the other films in the series, will provide invaluable visual education resources, as well as many opportunities for impact research. In addition, their rich and diverse histories will provide fascinating insights for historians and excellent public engagement opportunities for museums and other public forums.
In collaboration with the University of Plymouth, Time-Lock Productions have used a mix of professional actors and volunteers, to create a dramatisation that is accurate, informative and engaging for viewers. Shot on location using internal and external shoots, this production utilised green screen overlays and CGI to help recreate the period, together with costumes and authentic dialogue. To aid the storytelling and understanding for the viewer, a press reporter has been added to help ‘interpret’ the legal and historic language used in the case.
The 24-minute film will be introduced by Rob Giles and Hugo de Rijke. A Q&A session will follow the premiere.
Screenings will take place at 15:00 and 18:30. Please select the one you wish to attend when registering using the above link.
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