“A Solid Debut” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Crushed, a new independent Australian feature that is one of the most wine-centric movies ever made – as well as being a tense, bloody mystery thriller.” – The Australian

“If you are a lover of good crime thrillers then Crushed is a must watch. With a beautifully written screenplay that keeps the audience guessing…Crushed is a film you must hunt down on VOD.” – Heavy Music Magazine​

“complete with beautiful cinematography and some exceptional performances from her cast. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a mystery flick contain so much underneath its hood (deception, ulterior motives, and decent kills), all the time keeping it’s eye on the prize, which is a gratifying conclusion” – Dread Central

“The rural setting is one of the film’s best assets, contributing to the atmosphere of alienation and helplessness which benefited some of the more higher-paced drama.” – FilmInk

“This is an absolutely brilliant little crime thriller” – Subculture Entertainment

“4.5 stars…Crushed is stylish and well-done, with a human cast, excellent score and subtle attention to theme. It’s a good thriller that features an unlikely setting: a vineyard…I highly suggest you rent this film. It’s good.” – That’s Not Current

“For those seeking an engaging thriller with a unique backdrop full of local color and a surprising climax, to boot, Crushed is well worth seeking out.” – Gruesome Magazine

Synopsis: A young woman returns home to her family vineyard after her father dies in an accident on the winery. But when his death is ruled a murder and her mother becomes the prime suspect she must uncover the truth.

Crushed was filmed on location over the summer of 2013/2014 in the beautiful Australian wine region of Mudgee, New South Wales.

Starring: Sarah Bishop, Les Hill, Roxane Wilson, Millie Spencer-Brown and Remy Brand
Writer & Director: Megan Riakos
Producers: Megan Riakos, Sarah Bishop & Robbie Miles
Cinematographer: Michael Steel
Production Designer: Cate Rann
Editor: Anil Griffin
Composer: Aaron Kenny
Sound Supervisor: Damian Del Borrello

NOW AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD – iTunes, Google Play in Australia, New Zealand and North America.

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Feature Film
Length: 111min
Format: 2K
Year: 2015

2016 Australian Theatrical Tour ( details here):

  • ​Tuesday 15 March – SYDNEY
  • Wednesday 16 March – ADELAIDE
  • Thursday 17 March – MELBOURNE
  • Wednesday 23 March – TOWNSVILLE
  • Thursday 24 March – CENTRAL COAST
  • Tuesday 29 March – TEMORA
  • Tuesday 29 March – TEMORA student screening
  • Thursday 31 March – COOTAMUNDRA
  • Sunday 3 April – GOLDCOAST (morning session)
  • Sunday 3 April – GOLDCOAST (afternoon session)
  • Monday 4 April – SYDNEY (AACTA screening)
  • Tuesday 5 April – MELBOURNE (AACTA screening)
  • Wednesday 6 April – BRISBANE
  • Sunday 17 April – HOBART
  • Monday 18 April – CANBERRA
  • Saturday 23 April – MUDGEE
  • Sunday 24 April – MUDGEE
  • Sunday 24 April – BLUE MOUNTAINS
  • Sunday 1 May – MARGARET RIVER
  • Wednesday 4 May – SYDNEY


  • Montreal World Film Festival, Canada 2015 – WORLD PREMIERE
  • Melbourne Underground Film Festival, Australia 2015
  • Lebanese Film Festival, Australia 2015
  • Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, USA 2015
  • Napa Valley Film Festival, USA 2015
  • Fantastic Planet Film Festival, Australia 2015
  • Miami International Film Festival, USA 2016
  • Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada 2016
  • Gold Coast Film Festival, Australia 2016


  • Winner – Best Australian Director – Fantastic Planet Film Festival
  • Winner – Best Thriller Feature – Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival
  • Winner – Best Actress – Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival,
  • Nomination – Golden Zenith for debut feature – Montreal World Film Festival
  • Nomination – Best Film – Melbourne Underground Film Festival
  • Nomination – Best Actress – Melbourne Underground Film Festival
  • Nomination – Best Cinematography – Melbourne Underground Film Festival
  • Nomination – Best Screenplay –  Melbourne Underground Film Festival
  • Nomination – Best Director – Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival
  • Nomination – Best Screenply – Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival
  • Nomination – Best Australian Feature – Fantastic Planet Film Festival