The Crush

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The Crush

An 8 year old schoolboy is so besotted with his teacher that he challenges her boyfriend to a the death.

The Crush is an Irish live action short film, written and directed by first-timer Michael Creagh, and produced by Damon Quinn. The film was shot during Easter 2009 in Skerries, north Dublin. Creagh cast his nine-year-old son Oran in the lead role of the story. The story sees an eight-year-old schoolboy (played by Oran Creagh) fall in love with his teacher, Miss Purdy. One day he gives her a toy ring to show his affection. But heartbreak abounds when he bumps into Miss Purdy and her boyfriend having just bought a very real engagement ring.

The film was awarded Best Irish Short at the 23rd Foyle Film Festival. On 25 January 2011, it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.

Critic Reviews

‘In the heartwarming "The Crush,"  by Ireland's Michael Creagh. A precocious schoolboy takes bold action when he learns he has an adult rival for his beloved teacher's affections.’ San Fransisco Chronicle


Academy Awards, USA 2011 Nominee for the Oscar for Best Short Film - Live Action

Tribeca Film Festival 2010 Winner of the Special Mention for best Narrative Short