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Firecracker Films to examine the tragic events of The Plymouth Shootings for BBC Three & iPlayer

06 June 2024 | Firecracker Films
Firecracker Films to examine the tragic events of The Plymouth Shootings for BBC Three & iPlayer

Firecracker Films today announce that they have been commissioned by the BBC to produce a single documentary, examining the events of the 2021 shootings in Keyham, Plymouth.

On 12th August 2021, 22-year-old Jake Davison shot and killed five people in a quiet cul-de-sac, before turning the gun on himself, in what was the worst mass shooting on British soil for over a decade.

Featuring interviews with those close to the case, and those who knew Davison, the programme will highlight how a catalogue of failures allowed an unstable individual, who was known to the police, to remain in possession of a legal firearm.

The Plymouth Shootings will also examine Davison’s life prior to the attack and look at his ‘digital legacy’ - a series of videos and social media posts. In the months leading up to the shootings, Davison had been drawn to the ‘Incel’ movement – a deeply misogynistic ideology that is growing at an alarming rate and has been linked to violent extremism.

Lindsay Konieczny, Producer/ Director, for Firecracker Films, commented: “This film will attempt to understand why this tragedy happened, highlighting a series of societal failings. This is a complex story but is ultimately one of missed opportunities.”

Nasfim Haque, Head of Content for BBC Three, added: “This is an important exploration of the tragic events that took place in Plymouth in the Summer of 2021, and it has been approached with care and consideration.”

The Plymouth Shootings is a 1 x 45’ documentary for BBC Three and iPlayer, with Firecracker Creative Director Sam Emmery as Executive Producer, Lindsay Konieczny as Producer/ Director, Holly Doyle as Producer and Julie Scott as the Head of Production. The programme was developed by Firecracker Creative Director of Development Kirsty Calvert- Ansari, and was commissioned by Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries and Nasfim Haque, Head of Content for BBC Three. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Fran Baker. It will be distributed by Passion Distribution.