Thursday, February 10, 2011


In the lead up to the 83rd Academy Awards on February 27th, we are taking a closer look at this year's short film nominees. Today, one of this year's Best Live Action Short Film contenders, The Crush.

Best Live Action Short Film nominee, The Crush 
THE CRUSH Ireland/15 MIN

Director/Writer: Michael Creagh
Producer: Damon Quinn

Cast: Charlie Bonner, NeilĂ­ Conroy, Oran Creagh, Rory Keenan, Olga Wehrly

Ardal Travis is in love. There's just one problem. He's an 8 year old schoolboy and the object of his affection is his Second Class teacher, Miss Purdy. But when her boyfriend arrives on the scene Ardal is heartbroken. His reaction, though, is a little unexpected. He challenges Miss Purdy's boyfriend to a duel. To the death.

Michael Creagh was born in Belfast. He received a degree in design at Belfast College before moving to Dublin to follow a career in advertising. After 12 years as an art director he has been trying to break into both films and commercials. The Crush is his debut short film.

View an exclusive clip from The Crush below.