I Should've Said Something - 2013

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[At night, young men drink in a suburban yard.]


MAN: It was just another weekend - a party, mates, booze and a car.


MAN 2: Get in, Jimmy! Go on!


[Swigging his beer, a young man gets into the passenger seat of a red car.

A man with a wispy moustache is interviewed in a recording studio. He wears a pink turtleneck jumper, a brown coat with a fur collar and cuffs, and sunglasses perched on his head.]


MAN: The perfect mix for my next latest smash hit!


[At an accident scene, the red car has crashed into a pole. Nearby, ambulance officers crouch near a stretcher. Police officers interview Jimmy.

Yellow text slams onscreen - "'I Should've Said Something', The Making Of... by DJ Casualty."

At the accident scene, DJ Casualty grins as he records a range of sounds with a large microphone.]


DJ CASUALTY: I got to work and recorded as many sounds as possible. The sirens, the car horn, an ambulance stretcher.





[A young dark-haired man is wheeled away on a stretcher, DJ Casualty follows with the microphone.

In the studio, as DJ Casualty adjusts a slider, his tongue sticks out.

He is interviewed in the studio.]


DJ CASUALTY: I dropped them into the mix and then used Jimmy's voice as the vocals. Oh!


[Police stand with Jimmy whose shirt is bloody. His face looks bleak.]


JIMMY: I should've said something. I was gonna tell him not to drive.

DJ CASUALTY: Hey, Jimmy! Could we just get that statement line again? The sirens - too much noise. But this time, could we just get a little bit more melody to it? You know, like... (SINGS) # I should have said something, something... #


[Jimmy and a police officer glare at DJ Casualty. He leaves them.

DJ Casualty is interviewed in the studio.]


DJ CASUALTY: I just wanted to say thanks to Jimmy, you know, being the nice guy that I am, so I got him a bit of a care package. A book on motivational speaking, 'Speak Up!'. A taxi voucher. (IMITATES CAR CRASHING) "Ohh!"


[DJ Casualty pretends the voucher is a crashing car. He holds up a black T-Shirt with "I should've said something" printed on it in white capitals.]


DJ CASUALTY: And a T-shirt. These will be available for the fans. One for 15, two for 30, yeah?


[At the studio desk, DJ Casualty and a burly bald man dressed in black bop to the music.]


DJ CASUALTY: The mix was starting to come together, but Rocko, my manager...he wanted more.


[In the next room, Rocko stands over DJ Casualty.]


ROCKO: I want more! Give me more!


[In the ambulance, Jimmy sits gazing down at the stretcher. Red and blue lights flash across his bleak face.]


JIMMY: I should've taken your keys off you. I was gonna call a cab.

DJ CASUALTY: Hey, Jimmy, do you mind? I'm trying to record here.


[DJ Casualty holds a microphone to a machine. Jimmy turns back to the stretcher.]


JIMMY: I'm sorry, mate.

DJ CASUALTY: Yeah, you should be!




[A paramedic enters the ambulance. In the recording studio, Jimmy sits motionless near DJ Casualty. Jimmy's face looks blank.]


DJ CASUALTY: Who would I like to thank? Uh, I guess Jimmy over here. You know, there'd be no song without him, hey? (LAUGHS) But I think this is it. I mean, I think DJ Casualty is gonna be a household name. You know what I'm saying?


[Tears run down Jimmy's blank face. DJ Casualty holds a microphone close to Jimmy's mouth. Jimmy doesn't move.]




SONG: # Something, something, something... #


[Rocko appears from the next room. He is eating a roll.]


DJ CASUALTY: This is it! Done, mate. The sound is perfect. (CHUCKLES)


[Tears stream down Jimmy's face.]


SONG: # Something, something, something # I should've said something. #


[Yellow text slams onscreen - "'I Should've Said Something'. A film by Jack Clark. A 2013 Winner of Make a Film, Make a Difference. Proudly supported by the Transport Accident Commission."]



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I Should've Said Something - 2013

Jack Clark's film ' I Should've Said Something' takes a look at car accidents through the eyes of the fictitious DJ Casualty, who samples audio from crashes to use for songs. Jack’s unique idea will help young people across the state, understand the message that drink driving can kill.  Jack is one of two winners in the 2012 Make a Film, Make a Difference (MAFMAD)

The TAC's Make a Film, Make a Difference (MAFMAD) competition invites young filmmakers aged 25 and under to write a short film idea that will challenge young people's attitudes to driving and encourage them to look out for their mates.


Road crashes are the biggest killer of young people aged 16 to 25. In their first year of driving, young people are about three times more likely to be killed or injured than older, more experienced drivers. Young drivers are more at risk because they lack driving experience and take risks on the roads.  The tendency to take risks is part of being a young person, but for too many young people this results in death or serious injury on the roads.

Risk Taking Facts

  • When carrying two or more passengers a young driver’s risk of being involved in a fatal crash is over five times higher than travelling alone.
  • Young passengers are most likely to be killed in a car when travelling with young drivers.
  • For young male drivers, the riskiest combination is travelling with young male passengers, compared to all other combinations.

What young people think about risk taking

When asked, young Victorians have given valuable insights into how they think about risk taking. Research has shown:

  • Passengers are central to risky driving, especially for young men.
    • Young male passengers rarely discourage their male peers from engaging in risky driving behaviours and often actively encourage it.
    • As a driver, many young males say they drive in a risky way to show off to young male passengers, even if the passengers haven’t asked them to.
    • Young male drivers are less likely to engage in risky actions with female passengers because they want to protect them, don’t feel as much need to impress them, female passengers are more willing to speak out and because they listen to their girlfriends.
  • Common reasons young people give for risk taking:
    • Peer group pressure
    • Impressing friends and wanting to be accepted
    • Going along with the crowd and not wanting to be left out.
    • Sense of invincibility
    • Don’t feel they can say no or speak up when they are in a risky situation.
  • How young people rationalise their risky behaviour:
    • “If all your friends are doing something you’re safer sticking together even if it is in a car… you’d be in more danger if you stayed behind on your own … or caught a train at night on your own rather than getting in the car”
  • Young people:
    • Talk down the possible outcomes
    • Avoid thinking about possible consequences
    • Blame their risky behaviour on outside factors and are overconfident about their driving skills.
    • Recognise they have a choice when faced with a risky situation but they claim the alternative is often neither practical nor a solution.
  • Cars play an important symbolic function, particularly for young men.
    • P plates symbolise freedom and ‘adulthood’.
    • The car you drive and how you drive it reflects who you are.
    • The car becomes a place for socialising with friends.
    • Risky driving is glamourised by Hollywood, motor racing sports, video games and car advertisements.




More than 300 young drivers aged 18 – 25 have lost their lives in Victoria in the last 10 years – representing just less than one in four or 23% of drivers lives lost in Victoria in this period.

In 2018, 14% of drivers who lost their lives were aged between 18 and 25 years, with this age group only representing around 10% of Victorian licence holders.

Young Drivers lives lost (1987 – 2018)

Of the 14 young drivers who lost their lives on our roads in 2018:

  • 79% were male
  • 39% were killed in regional Victoria (73% of these were killed on 100+km/hr roads)
  • 50% were killed in single vehicle crashes
  • 75% were involved in crashes that occurred in high alcohol times




For more information on MAFMAD visit the MAFMAD website