Back in June, I had the pleasure of reviewing writer/director/producer Megan Riakos’ gripping Australian thriller Crushed for Gruesome Magazine (read it here) while it was still on its festival run, stating that the film is “an ambitious effort that aims high and succeeds rather well, thanks to solid performances and writer/director Megan Riakos’ deft direction of her own compelling screenplay.” Viewers in North America finally have the opportunity to see the film themselves when this award-winning mystery has its North American digital release on November 1, 2016.The film was acquired by 108 Media for international rights earlier this year. Crushed, set and filmed on location in the stunning Australian wine region of Mudgee, is about Ellia (Sarah Bishop), a young woman who returns home to her family vineyard after her father dies in an accident on the winery. When his death is ruled a murder and her mother becomes the prime suspect, Ellia is compelled to stay and discover the true story behind her father’s death; however, the family- and small-town-secrets that emerge are more than she bargained for. This debut feature from Australian writer/director/producer Megan Riakos (50-50, The Shed) was also produced by Robbie Miles and Sarah Bishop, and it boasts an impressive cast that includes Bishop, Les Hill, Roxane Wilson, Millie Spencer-Brown, and Remy Brand. Crushed is available in North America on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, and Xbox. In Australia and New Zealand, it can be found on iTunes, Google Play, and Ozflix. For more information, visit www.crushedfilm.com.