Back by popular demand – Rob Giles (producer) and Kim Stevenson (presenter) are rescreening their ESRC Festival of Social Science docudrama film ‘How Do You Fix A Town Like Plymouth?’ Many students and other colleagues who missed it have asked for it be reshown following a fantastic reception at the first event and overwhelmingly positive feedback.
The one hour film is about Chief Constable Joseph Sowerby’s (1892-1917) role in clearing up the city as the youngest chief constable ever appointed and features cameo roles from law staff and students.
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.
This broadcast quality biographical production will depict the life and times of uncelebrated Plymouth hero, Chief Constable Joseph Sowerby. Research conducted for previous ESRC festivals (2015, 2016) revealed the importance of Sowerby’s contribution to modern policing strategies.
Over 100 people attended the first showing and over half of those were members of the public who gave the following comments on feedback sheets provided.
“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”
This event is free to attend and open to all. Please book your place via the above link.