Cancer survivor Jake Bailey chronicled in documentary

Christchurch cancer survivor Jake Bailey stunned the world with his inspirational school prize-giving speech.

Now his story has been retold in a documentary called The Common Touch.

Three Christchurch students have been following Mr Bailey for the past year as he navigates life after his viral speech.

The Common Touch is an insight into Mr Bailey, and how three words changed his life.

Mr Bailey was diagnosed with cancer just weeks before he delivered his memorable speech at Christchurch Boy's High School prize-giving.

It's been viewed more than 1 million times online because of his remarkable way with words.

Three Christchurch film students have been following the cancer survivor for the past year. They'd never met until they pitched the idea over coffee.

"He's a really incredible person. His story deserves to be told," says producer Isabella Walsh.

"We're telling a student's story from students, and I think it's great when we meet up because we are all friends; we aren't just the documentary crew anymore," says director Mason Cade Packer.

It includes intimate home videos of Mr Bailey as a child, and rare interviews with his family.

The documentary will be released next year.