The Australian mystery thriller feature film Crushed will have its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival being held 27 August – 7 September 2015. Crushed will screen in the First Films World Competition for debut filmmakers. The independent film, shot in the wine region of Mudgee, New South Wales is the feature directorial debut of Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) graduate Megan Riakos.
Crushed follows the story of Ellia, a young woman estranged from her family who is forced to return home after her father dies in a winery accident. But when his death is ruled a murder and her mother becomes the prime suspect, she must stay to uncover the truth.
Megan Riakos will travel to Montreal to present the film. “We are excited to premiere Crushed at one of the biggest film festivals in the world. It’s not everyday that you get to experience the film you created with an audience of thousands up on the big screen. Our inclusion in the program will help kick off a strong festival release before our Australian theatrical release” said Riakos.
Montreal World Film Festival is the only competitive film festival in North America recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF). The prestigious cinematic event presents films from 86 different countries and has an attendance of 350,000+ people. It aims to encourage cultural diversity and understanding between nations, to promote filmmakers and innovative works, to discover and encourage new talents, and to promote meetings between cinema professionals from around the world.
Crushed will be released theatrically in Australia and New Zealand through the innovative Cinema On Demand platform Fan-Force in early 2016.
The mystery thriller stars Sarah Bishop (Wham Bam Thankyou Ma’am, Skit Box, Find Your Voice), Les Hill (Wonderland, Underbelly), Roxane Wilson (Black & White & Sex, The Alice, Stingers), Millie Spencer-Brown (Water Rats, The Black Balloon, Dance Academy), Helmut Bakaitis (The Matrix Reloaded, Happy Feet), Aaron Glenane (Molly, Deadline Gallipoli, Drift) Robert Preston (Redfern Now), Jamie Irvine (Anzac Girls, Underbelly: Land of the Long White Cloud) and newcomer Remy Brand (Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures).
Crushed was produced by Megan Riakos, Robbie Miles and Sarah Bishop through Brim Pictures and Executive Produced by Danny Lachevre (The Solid State) and Steve Jaggi (The Steve Jaggi Company).