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Mrs Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Company - a film premiere

What’s on offer?

The film will be premiered in the Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth.  Two screenings are available at 15:00 and 18:30 (24 mins).  The film will be introduced by the producers and followed by a question and answer session (30 minutes).

What’s it about?

Mrs Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Co. - The price for safety can be deadly.

Join us for the film premiere of the dramatisation of one of the most famous cases in legal history.  The Carlill case is fundamental to contract law and is thus a crucial aspect of English common law, forming the basis of numerous legal systems around the world. This unique short film will provide an insight into this case and is the first of a series of films as part of the 'Justice Files, dramatising fundamental legal cases, making them accessible to all. Watch Mrs Carlill take on the Carbolic Smoke Ball Co. in an argument around their "smoke ball" - claimed as a cure for influenza and a number of other diseases. The film will be introduced by the producers, Rob Giles and Hugo de Rijke who will explain the significance of the case and why it is such an important tool in our legal system and for education.  After the film, Hugo and Rob will be joined by the writer and director, Hugh Janes, when the audience will be able to ask questions and discuss the film.

Who’s leading the event?

Time-Lock producer Rob Giles BSC and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Hugo de Rijke Associate Professor in Law at the University of Plymouth and a practising barrister at Clerksroom Chambers, Taunton

Hugh Janes, playwright, screenwriter, producer and director.  He has written over 60 stage plays including, The Haunting, Two of a Kind and The Perfect Murder. 

Open to

Open to members of the public of all ages.

Of particular interest to

The film will be of particular interest to those with an interest in Law, Business, Social History, Film, Drama and Technology