The Justice Files

Tuesday 13th December 2022


Beautifully written and produced by Time-Lock Productions, these entertaining and informative short films are about famous, remarkable English and Scottish cases from 1892 and 1932 that transformed the law around the world. The films will be introduced by producer Hugo de Rijke and co-director and editor Rob Giles from Plymouth University, followed by a post-screening Q&A together with screenwriter and co-director Hugh Janes.

Episode 1: Mrs Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Co (24 mins)
A short film dramatisation of a famous contract law case that took place in 1892 during the Russian Flu pandemic, which killed over a million people across Europe. The Carbolic Smoke Ball company guaranteed their product would prevent flu or they’d pay a large reward. Mrs Carlill tried their product – then sued the company in a landmark case that still prevails around the world.

Episode 2: The Strange Case of the Snail in a Bottle (40 mins)
A short film dramatisation of Donoghue v Stevenson (1932), which established the crucial principle of the duty of care and laid the foundation of the modern law of negligence. Ever since, millions of claims around the world for injury or loss have relied upon this extraordinary case.

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 Tuesday 13th Dec 2022  6:00pm Intro + Q&A
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