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Tweetable Logline: When a winery owner dies in a suspicious accident, his estranged daughter is forced to return home to the vineyard to uncover the truth.
Elevator Pitch: Ellia has been estranged from her family for years when her father Robert is killed in an accident on the family winery.
She returns home for a last goodbye only to find that Robert’s death has been ruled a murder and her mother Sophie is the prime suspect.
Determined to find out the truth, she uncovers secrets about the family vineyard and a list of suspects who had motive to kill.
As Ellia digs deeper, she becomes the murderer’s next target. Will she find out why Robert was killed and who is the killer before she pays the ultimate price?
Megan Riakos (writer/director/producer) studied directing at the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS) and Screenwriting through the professional screenwriters program at UCLA. Sarah Bishop (lead actor/producer) studied acting at the Australian Theatre for Young People and with Anthony Meindl in Los Angeles and is currently creating comedy for television with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. And Robbie Miles (producer) who also studied at AFTRS, is a Development Executive for Sam Worthington's Full Clip Productions in Los Angeles.
As well as Sarah, we have an incredible ensemble cast including Les Hill (Underbelly), Roxane Wilson (Stingers), Helmut Bakaitis (The Matrix Trilogy), Aaron Glenane (Drift), Jamie Irvine (Anzac Girls), Millie Spencer-Brown (Dance Academy), Remy Brand (Home & Away), Patrick Connolly (Rake) and Benjamin Mathews (Love My Way).
Our crew includes our Cinematographer Michael Steel (House Husbands), Editor Anil Griffin (Deadbeat Dads), Production Designer Cate Rann (50-50) and multi-award winning Composer Aaron Kenny (Moth) who is currently on a scholarship undertaking his Masters at NYU.
About the Production: Crushed is an Australian mystery thriller that explores the dynamics between a family and a small town community and their relationship to the land. It also poses questions about how the decisions we make today, can affect future generations.
Crushed was written during the final semester of the 2013 UCLA Professional Screenwriters’ Program especially to be made as a low budget feature later that year.
It was shot on location in the Mudgee Wine Region in Australia during December 2013 and January 2014.
Current Status: Now in the post-production phase, Crushed is raising funds via Kickstarter to help complete the film.
For more information and to support this project: Kickstarter Page