When nothing else matters.
Crush is a story about infatuation and temptation. Kirsten has a crush on Sean (whose marriage is going through a difficult patch) and he’s pretending that there’s nothing in it. Until…. she invites him to dinner. He should’ve said “No”, but now he’s locked into her agenda - which could lead to a potentially life-wrecking affair.
This is an ‘asymmetrical relationship’ between two individuals where one is infatuated and the other is being drawn-into a commitment which is not all it seems.
Initially the audience will jump to conclusions about who has the power - and then the film will take them in a completely different direction. It’s about love, idolisation, obsession, and respect set in the frantic city-life of Vancouver B.C.
Crush aims to provide a different perspective on how such relationships develop: they can never be condoned, are rarely simple and seldom play out like popular-press headlines.
Sean Hennessy - PETER GRAY
The first in his family line to act, Peter grew up far away from TV in a country home where fifty acres of forest and imagination entertained. After high school he struck out on an adventure in South America where he lived on the coast learning Spanish and teaching English. A year away from finishing his degree in International Economics and Development, his University plays kicked him into the acting world. While shooting a short film in Toronto, he stopped by an agency unannounced, soaked with rain, without a resume and introduced himself. Three days after turning him down, the agency found his info and called him in to audition for a feature film. Since then he has thrown himself headlong into acting and filmmaking.
KEY FILM MAKERS
Writer & Director
Having made his Directorial debut on short-film ‘Star-Crossed’, Richard now moves to his second short – ‘Crush’ slated for production in 2018. He will follow this with ‘In Sight’, a Canadian psychological-thriller slated for production in 2019.Following a successful business career, Richard co-founded Page Break Productions Ltd in the U.K. He’s Writer-Director of ‘Star-Crossed’ and Screenwriter on BAFTA-nominated ‘Whistle My Lad’, ‘Stealing Tomorrow’ and ‘Brandenburg’. He also worked as Executive Producer on Hassan Nazar’s feature film ‘Utopia’, Shaun Hughes’ 'Carino' and ‘Whistle My Lad'.
Years of experience working in both commercial and animation production, Allison Barry knows what it means to be on-time and on budget. She worked on the Emmy Nominated PBS children’s series ‘Plum Landing’, the TIFF 2013 short film ‘Impromptu’ and the US Bank of America’s ‘Better Money Habits’. Before joining ‘Crush’, she spearheaded the highly successful Toyota '#OwnerApproved' Live Action campaign.
Brodie Marno produced the BAFTA-nominated short film ‘Whistle My Lad’. He has supported projects as an Executive Producer (‘Utopia’), a co-Producer (the Light Parades’ ‘Adolescence’), a writer (‘Stealing Tomorrow’, ‘Off the Grid’ & ‘Crush’) and a Production Assistant (BAFTA winning ‘No More Shall We Part’). In addition to his work with Page Break, Brodie continues to produce corporate and educational films around Eruope.
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