Bruce Grobler: Life as a filmmaker

2010-01-18 00:00

FRIENDS of Bruce Grobler left messages of sympathy on Facebook sites over the weekend. One site set up on the weekend, called “R.I.P Bruce, whom we all knew and loved” had almost 400 members by late yesterday afternoon. The words written on the wall displayed an outpouring of grief and love from friends.

A friend of Grobler’s, Meg Ward, started the group yesterday. “After hearing the devastating news about the loss of my good friend, I decided to create a Facebook group for all the people’s lives he has changed,” she said. “I was delighted to watch as the group grew from 20 of my close friends to over 400 people who are all mourning his death. The world lost a very special person on Saturday and many people will never forget the legend that was Bruce Grobler.”

Wall tributes

Evan Bryce Strassburg: Bruce the man i grew up with bruce the man who helped me mold sinkers at twelve in the night bruce the one man anti car theft device.

Thabo ‘Obie’ Baloyi : Its official, God is takin all the gud guys.. Bt it still feels lyk u were taken way b4 ur tym, Bruce Grobler.. U will trully b missd, coz u made a difference bru!

Danielle Solomons: Life is really so short nd yet we still take so much for granted.. Bruce ur absence frm this life will definitely be felt..=(.

Greg Pettifer: Bruce, you are still a legend in the hearts and memories of many. Will meet up wit you again one day...

Duane Marc Burnett: bruce grobler is a prime example that only the good die young. Cheers buddy u wil be missed.

Liana Allegra Menchero Hassim: Just can not believe yet another piece of bad news...:( you impacted and touched so many lives and people, our loss is heaven’s gain. Rest in peace bruce.

Ryan Mayne: Thanks for bein my Earth angel. Bummed that God decided to take you back. But i will do my all to one day spend eternity wiv you and your homie jesus.

Tammy Pitcher: RIP Bruce, u were a special and talented guy with so much to offer. May god keep you safe in his arms. My thoughts are with your family.

Tyron Bache: he was no ordinary man. he devoured life. swallowing large chunks of it whole refusing to chew. no ordinary man he lived enough life for ten people. passionately living out his dreams. part myth. part legend. part of us all and in the year 2010... he was 21 years old...

IN November last year Bruce Grobler screened his film, Wounded, which tells the story of a man who is drawn into a world of violence, choice and consequence, against the background of crime in South Africa and the frustration that lies therein.

It was shot on location in Pietermaritzburg, including night scenes in the CBD and shooting at T-Rex Munchies on Chapel Street, previously known as Bimbo’s.

To help fund the work, which was made for his University of KwaZulu-Natal honours degree, Grobler, a UKZN film, media and corporate communication student, took to the streets of Pietermaritzburg in May 2009, armed with a placard which read “Please Help Me Fund My Film”.

Speaking to The Witness at the time, he said: “We get cameras at a reasonable price at varsity because we are students, but I need about R3 000, which should cover all the expenses during the shoot. I was here from 7 am and I now have enough to cover meals during the shoot, but I have to leave soon because I have a lecture at 9 am.”

His mother Judy said Bruce had been extremely grateful for the donations he had received.

Grobler’s previous work included Tom — a short story of courage, and Special Assignment — A strange report by Bruce Grobler, a mockumentary about alien investigation which was accepted into the Durban International Film Festival.

Mike Hatton, who teaches film at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg), said Grobler’s death was a great loss, adding: “He was an excellent student and had fantastic potential … I had high hopes for him.

“I spoke to him a few days ago and he said he was really looking forward to going to Cape Town, where he planned to further his career.”

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