Fa­tal car ac­ci­dent in­spires stu­dent film

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - ELESHA ED­MONDS

Rob­bie Tay­lor’s death friends stunned.

The 17-year-old died after the ve­hi­cle he was a pas­sen­ger in crashed on Auck­land’s Ian McKin­non Drive, in Eden Ter­race, in Jan­uary.

The grief that fol­lowed Rob­bie’s death is the sub­ject of a short film made by his class­mates from St Peter’s Col­lege.

The doc­u­men­tary, en­ti­tled Rob­bie, fol­lows James Suther­land-Cameron, Oliver van Lent and Ned Drumm as they come to terms with their best friend’s death.

It uses footage from their time with Rob­bie mixed with in­ter­views of the trio who ex­plain how they got used to the idea their friend wouldn’t be com­ing back to class.

‘‘None of us had re­ally ex­pe­ri­enced los­ing some­one close be­fore,’’ Ned says.

‘‘We all went from talk­ing with him one day and then los­ing him the next.’’

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred a week be­fore the year 13 stu­dents were to start their fi­nal year of school.

‘‘In the morn­ings Rob­bie was the first per­son to usu­ally ar­rive so that was hard,’’ Oliver says.

‘‘I felt for a while like he was com­ing back, like he had been over­seas.’’

The doc­u­men­tary was cre­ated as part of a school as­sign­ment and also in­cludes in­ter­views with the school’s deputy prin­ci­pal and guid­ance coun­sel­lor.

James, an aspir­ing film­maker, says they’d orig­i­nally planned to left his cre­ate a events.

‘‘But we didn’t want to make it sad even though it is,’’ James says.

‘‘We didn’t want to high­light what it was like in the first two weeks but how you go on after.’’

The film was well re­ceived by

PHOTO: ELESHA ED­MONDS / FAIR­FAX NZ

St Peter’s Col­lege stu­dents Ned Drumm, James Suther­land-Cameron and Oliver van Lent.

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