Crush (2009 film)
|Directed by||Jeffrey Gerritsen
John V. Soto
|Produced by||Michael Favelle
|Written by||John V. Soto|
|Music by||Jamie Blanks|
|Edited by||Jason Ballantine|
|Distributed by||Phase 4 Films|
Crush is a 2009 Australian thriller film directed by Jeffrey Gerritsen and John V. Soto. It stars Christopher Egan as Julian, an American martial arts champ house sitting a luxury home in Perth. Julian's life unravels when he cheats on his girlfriend, Clare (Brooke Harman) with Anna (Emma Lung). It was released in Australia in April 2009. It was released on DVD in North America on 14 July 2010.
An international architecture student at University of Western Australia and martial arts champ, Julian finds work as a house sitter for the wealthy owners of a luxury home in Perth. His new job causes friction with his girlfriend Clare, who he was supposed to live with. The house and wealth it exudes open up a realm of opportunities for Julian, and he is seduced by the mysterious and attractive Anna. Subsequently, his relationship with Clare falls apart, and he struggles to regain momentum in a martial arts championship. His academic life is threatened when his final university assignment disappears. When he speaks to the owner of the house, he mentions meeting the niece but is told that's impossible as she is away, and the name "Anna" gets a furious reaction. He asks a neighbour to shed some light on the conversation and it is revealed that a junkie died after getting into the house and falling down the stairs. He recognises Anna in the news photo. When she returns he acknowledges that she is a ghost; she turns monstrous and tries to persuade him to kill himself. His friends and girlfriend come to check on him but are too late to save him from falling down the stairs to his death, just like Anna.
- Christopher Egan as Julian
- Emma Lung as Anna
- Brooke Harman as Clare
- Christian Clark as Wesley
- Jenna Lind as Logan
- Kane Manera as Phil
- Elwyn Edwards as Professor
The film was shot in Western Australia, primarily in Perth. The area offered financial incentives according to the producer. Filming locations included South Perth, Perry Lakes Reserve, University of Western Australia and West Perth.
- "Waiting All Day" – Silverchair
- "Ordinary Life" – Kristen Barry
- "Vampire Racecourse" – The Sleepy Jackson
- "Cigarettes and Suitcases" – Something for Kate
- "Animal, I'm Carrying" – Ravior
- "Last Resort" – Papa Roach
- "Bodies" – Little Birdy
- "Crazy" – Cordrazine
- "Everything" – Shihad
The film received a generally positive reaction from Australian cinema magazine, Filmink. "Crush delivers most of what it sets out to do. A busy soundtrack enhances the experience (itself a rarity), while muscular production and the eye candy appeal of Egan and Lung (the film's biggest asset) push proceedings a notch or two above similar movies. [...] it's all handled with enough flair to make the popcorn experience worthwhile." However, the film has a current rating of 4.6/10 on the Internet Movie Database.
- Sexy Australian Thriller Comes to North American Shores July 13th 28 Days Later Analysis. 9 June 2010
- New movie Crush filmed in WA Perth Now. 4 January 2008
- Film reviews Filmink. April 2009 issue