A film made in the South West by some of the area’s top filmmakers is set to premiere in Plymouth.
Time-Lock Productions is responsible for the 24-minute film Mrs Carlill v Carbolic Smokeball Co, which features one of the most fundamental legal matters in English law.
The film will be screened twice at the Jill Craigie Cinema at Plymouth University on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. And it will then be screened to law students across the country as part of a planned series of famous business dramatizations. which set precedents in English law.
It is hoped that what is billed as The Justice Files Episode 1 will now be followed by two more films, one of which could be a feature film.
The film is written and directed by Plymouth writer Huge Janes, and produced by cinematographer Rob Giles and law professor Hugo de Rijke, both academics at the university.
Its cast is made up of professional actors from the South West, directed by Sarah McCourt, such as Ms. Louise Carlill, Natalie Mae and Charlie Coldfield.
It was shot on location in the Royal William Yard in Plymouth, Prysten House and Park Pharmacy, and at the historic 19th century Court in Bodmin’s Shire Hall, and also used some CGI magic.
Mr Janes, who has written over 60 plays and screenplays, said his job was to simplify the legal and archaic language used in the 1893 trial to make it accessible to the modern public.
“The film will be offered to all educational outlets,” he said. “Wherever legal education will have free access. And we will make more films on a commercial basis. He was a pilot to see if we could do it.
“We have already shown this to 100 law students and the response has been very good. They said they enjoyed it and understood the case better after seeing it.
Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Co is one of the most famous contract law cases, establishing that an advertisement can form a contract, and the film is designed as a pilot for a planned series of business dramatizations that established precedents, have a rich and remarkable background, and have had a huge impact in the UK and 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 taught and studied by hundreds of thousands of law professors and students each year, and the film series is expected to provide invaluable visual educational resources, as well as research opportunities.
In addition, the rich and diverse stories depicted in the films will provide fascinating information for historians and excellent public engagement opportunities for museums and other public forums. Mr Janes has said that another famous civil law case, Donoghue v Stephenson in 1932, may be the subject of a future production.
Mr. Janes has had his plays Beyond the Wall and Conversations with a Stranger produced by the BBC. His screenplays included All at Sea, which was filmed and starred Lauren Bacall and Brian Cox, and Curse of the Phoenix, winner of Best Supernatural Film at the Houston Film Festival.
His screenplay for Even Break was filmed and starred Nigel Planer and Paul Nicholas, the latter also appearing in the production of Mr Janes The Haunting by the Theater Royal Plymouth.
“It should now be shot in December,” said Mr. Janes, co-founder of RSH Films Ltd in 2010 and director of Time-Lock Productions which has already started pre-production on the second episode of The Justice Files. and seek funding and partners for the longer term future of the project.
Mrs Carlill v Carbolic Smokeball Co is screened as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, at the Jill Cragie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on November 3. The film will be presented by Mr. Giles and Mr. de Rijke. A question-and-answer session will follow the first.
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Mr de Rijke said: “We were amazed to find that no one had done anything like this before. There have been modern case dramatizations – and high-profile Hollywood treatments that we know very well, like Erin Brockovich. But no one has attempted to present these rich and remarkable cases that have had such a huge impact. “
Mr. Giles, senior technician in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Business, and founder of Time-Lock, said, “We hope the films provide an invaluable visual resource for educators and researchers. In addition, their rich narratives and diverse histories will provide fascinating information to members of the public, historians and museums. “
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