Road safety short films
Two powerful short documentary films are a powerful resource for schools to show the affect of road crashes on individuals, families and communities. These also come with relevant learning information that can be adapted for VCE Legal Studies and VELS English as well as other subjects.
Connecting the Dots
Connecting the Dots is a powerful 20 minute documentary that tells the story of the horrifying aftermath from a car crash involving a group of young men.
Brenton Chaplin was driving at high speed and under the influence of alcohol when he lost control of the car. It was estimated that at the time, Chaplin's blood alcohol reading was 0.085. The car hit a pole. His best friend, Leigh Charter Jnr, was killed. They were both 20 years old.
Many months after the crash, in an act of apparent revenge, Leigh Charter Snr (the father of Leigh Jnr) visited the Chaplin family home and murdered Brenton Chaplin's mother, seriously injured his father and brother, and stabbed his cousin. Shortly after, Leigh Charter Snr committed suicide.
Brenton Chaplin was charged with, and eventually convicted of, culpable driving and was sentenced to jail.
Connecting the Dots was originally aired on the ABC as an Australian Story program titled 'In My Little Town'. The TAC obtained permission from the ABC and the program's participants to edit the film for use in schools.
Preview Connect the Dots here:
Muck up Day
Muck up Day is a short film about a young learner driver who crashed at high speed after drinking at his much up day party. One friend was killed, another seriously injured as well as the driver being seriously injured. He was jailed for culpable driving. The film is from the perspective of the driver the family and friends of the boy who died and others affected by the crash.
This is available on DVD from the TAC. Email us for a copy or call us on 1300 654 329 (local call) 1800 332 556 (toll-free outside the Melbourne metropolitan area) for more information.