The Crowdfunders: Crush

As a non-profit website dedicated to the support and promotion of Australian made films, Cinema Australia rarely gets the opportunity to throw cash at crowdfunding projects. Trust us, if we had the money we’d be executive producers on almost every new Australian film calling for supporters through the myriad of crowdfunding platforms available on the interwebs.

That’s why we’ve launched this new feature, The Crowdfunders, which will shamelessly plug projects calling for your dollar. It’s just another way for us to do what we love doing most – supporting Aussie cinema!

It should be noted though – and take this as a warning – that not all crowdfunding projects are successful and just because a project has reached it’s target, it doesn’t guarantee the film will be made, or that you’ll receive any reward or compensation for your donation. So in saying that, Cinema Australia takes no responsibility for any wrongdoing on the fundraisers behalf.

Now that the serious stuff is out of the way… here’s our latest plug.


In a country town there’s not much to excite teenagers except for each other. Crush is a drama about Anelise, a 16-year-old girl whose best friends are missing and wanted for murder. The girls are navigating through their affection for the local boys and much of what anyone wants is lost in an emotional fog. The film takes place the day after the body of a teenage boy is found. Anelise must come to terms with the fact that her two best friends might be the killers and that Toby, the boy she loves, may have caused it all.

Target: $5000

How the funds will be used: Camera rental,  production design, accommodation in Shepparton, safety supervision for stunts, film festival entry fees.

What they told Cinema Australia: Crush is my graduating masters short film at the Victorian College of the Arts and I’m scared, because I think it’s my most ambitious short film so far. I want to make it right, I want it to look and feel like the film I see in my head.  I’ve learned a lot from the imperfections of my previous films: I’ve learned to be more prepared in the right ways, that story is at the heart of every decision you make for your film, and that imperfection is beautiful; it’s the limitations on set that gives your story a chance to fight back and bring itself into the real world. My Pozible campaign for Crush is nearly over and we’re not fully funded yet. It would mean so much to me to reach our goal so that the story CRUSH can be properly told. In trying to understand how gender plays a part in our personal identities I have written a story that asks its audience to question what we know to be true about gender, and then throw it out the window. Make up your own rules.” Lara Kose – Director

You can pledge and find out more about the campaign here.

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