Alumni Success

Aug 12 2015

AFTRS graduate Megan Riakos' (Directing & Screenwriting) will see her debut feature Crushed have its world premiere at the prestigious Montreal World Film Festival (August 27– September 7, 2015). Crushed will screen in the First Films World Competition for debut filmmakers and is the only Australian film to make the cut this year.

Crushed written/directed by Megan 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. The independent mystery thriller, shot in the wine region of Mudgee in NSW also features the work of Megan's fellow 2009 and 2010 AFTRS alumni, evidence of the professional relationships formed at the school.

  • Director/writer/producer: Megan Riakos (Directing & Screenwriting)
  • Producer: Robbie Miles (Directing & Screenwriting)
  • Cinematographer: Michael Steel (Cinematography)
  • Editor: Anil Griffin (Editing)
  • Screen Music: Aaron Kenny (Screen Music)
  • Production Designer: Cate Rann (Production Design)

With support from:

  • Ben Mathews (Screenwriting)
  • David Joshua Ford (Directing)
  • Ash Fairfield (Directing)
  • Danielle Boesenberg (Editing)

The film 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 will be released theatrically in Australia and New Zealand through the innovative Cinema On Demand platform Fan-Force in early 2016.

Congratulations to Megan and the cast and crew of Crushed!

Image attribution: Production still from Crushed. Image courtesy of Megan Riakos.

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