Short Films

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.

Curriculum resources have been developed to support the use of the program. These resources are available for VELS 6 English and VCE Legal Studies.

Please email the TAC or phone (03) 5225 6281 to obtain a copy of the DVD. You can also view Connecting the Dots on Youtube.


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.