Join producer/director Rob Giles and presenter Professor Kim Stevenson from the University's Institute of Social Policy and Enterprise Research for a docudrama presentation and discussion about Plymouth Chief Constable Joseph Sowerby’s (1892-1917) role in clearing up the city as the youngest chief constable ever appointed.
This broadcast quality biographical production will depict the life and times of one of Plymouth’s uncelebrated heroes. The film was selected and awarded a Certificate of Appreciation at the DadaSahed Phalke International Film Festival in Mumbai February 2019 Best International Documentary Category taking Plymouth’s crime history to an Indian audience.
This one hour film featuring cameo roles from staff and students in the School of Law Criminology and Government will be accompanied by a short presentation on Crime in the Three Towns and post film discussion.
Born in Liverpool to the son of a landlord, Sowerby was brought up in Leeds where he rapidly rose through the ranks of the Leeds City Police receiving commendations for heroic rescues and arrests. Selected to head the Plymouth police force in 1892, Sowerby (29) was one of the youngest ever chief constables appointed nationally. During his tenure at Plymouth, he earned the respect of the local populace by effectively tackling drunkenness, crime and bad behaviour head on. Sowerby’s long career with Plymouth was synonymous with several significant and high-profile events including the arrest of Mrs Pankhurst, temperance marches and campaigns.
Comments from the first public screening:
“A well thought out piece of research, I hope to see more presentations like this in the future”
“Extremely informative and enjoyable”
“A very informative and interesting film which was well presented and enjoyable to watch particularly with dramatisation being included”
“Absolutely brilliant film, thoroughly enjoyed it and truly compelling”
“Excellent film, deserves to be widely shown, very interesting local subject matter”
Tickets cost £5 / £4 concessions / £3 students of the University of Plymouth and Plymouth College of Art. Please book via the Plymouth Arts Centre website or email
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