The Crush Space

Three Siblings. Three Secrets. One Mother. One Car.

When siblings Laura, Patrick and Grace are called back to the suburbs to visit their mother, they each have a secret to hide. Trapped in Laura’s defaced car on the drive to a family reunion, it’s not a matter of if their mother will find out, but when.

  • Erin Latimer
  • Erin Latimer
  • Tere Latimer
  • Bella Martin
    Key Cast
  • Gisele Scales
    Key Cast
  • Emm Wiseman
    Key Cast
  • Jack Douglas
    Key Cast
  • Hannah Klassek
  • Sara Glaoua
    Production Design
  • Justin Latimer
    1st Assistant Director
  • Carla Cepedes
  • Dru O'Meara
  • Erin Latimer
  • Luke Stacey
    Sound Recordist
  • Nick Ryder
    Sound Editors
  • Brendan Ryder
    Sound Editors
  • Pavel Trotsenko
  • Tere Latimer
    Production Manager
  • Alexandra Black
    Assistant Production Manager
  • Angela McDonald
    Script Supervisor
  • Julian Tynan
    Assistant Camera
  • Michael Speziale
    Assistant Camera
  • Gregoire Liere
  • Declan Reardon
    Best Boy
  • Kassandra Giotopolous Moore
    Costume Design
  • Aidan Hirn
    Make-up Artist
  • Alexina Lyons
    Production Assistants
  • Saul Turner
    Production Assistants
  • Jeremy Szal
    Production Assistants
  • Alexandra Black
  • Heath Tollis
  • Sam Freeland
  • Saul Turner
  • Claire Hirons
  • Louise Barraclough
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 AUD
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  • Melbourne Indie Film Festival
    Melbourne, Austalia
    July 10, 2016
    Melbourne Premiere
    Nominated Best Indie Spirit
  • Ozark Shorts
    OK, USA
    May 1, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Sydney World Film Festival
    Sydney, Australia
    April 30, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival
    April 23, 2016
    Oklahoma Premiere
    Winner Best Student Film
  • ARFF Berlin - Around International Film Festival
    Berlin, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris
    January 31, 2016 (4.12 mark)
    Winner Best Student Film
  • The California Film Awards
    San Diego, California
    December 1, 2015
    Winner Gold Award Best Student Film
  • Big House Entertainment Los Angeles Film Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    October 1, 2015
    Official Shorts LA Selection
  • Sydney Indie Film Festival (SIFF)
    Sydney, Australia
    October 24, 2015
    Winner Best Female Support
    Nominated Best Comedy
  • Los Angeles CineFest
    Los Angeles, California
    November 1, 2015
    Official Selection
  • Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards (LAIFFA)
    Los Angeles, California
    August 1, 2015
    Official Selection
  • Pozible Crowdfund Campaign
    July 19, 2014
    Successfully Funded +20%
  • Metro Screen
    Sydney, Australia
    Winner 2014 Jump Start pre-production funding
  • Sydney Film School - IAB Pitch Competition
    Sydney, Australia
    Finalist 2014 for pre-production funding
Distribution Information
  • Permanent Ink Pictures
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights, Internet
Director Biography - Erin Latimer

Erin Latimer is a 23 year-old writer and director based in Sydney, Australia. Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts from UNSW, graduating with Distinction in a double-major of Creative Writing and Film Studies in 2016. Prior to that she attended Sydney Film School with a focus on cinematography and screenwriting, receiving awards of Best Cinematography and Best Essay for her analysis of Fincher's 'Zodiac'. From there she went on to produce and direct her first music video ‘Hooks’ by singer/songwriter Daniel Tomalaris, and launched her production company Permanent Ink Pictures. Erin holds dual USA-Australian citizenship.

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Director Statement

At its finest, art is a reflection of what it is to be human, and for me, film is the best format for this expression. I love exploring little details that resonate with people. Not everyone can say, ‘My family was exactly like that,’ but many people can visualise a moment such as a brother comforting his sister, an inquisitive mother trying to read her child, or the way everyone laughed at the same in-joke, and think, ‘I know how that feels.’ This is what my short film The Crush Space is all about.

The Crush Space is a twenty-minute comedy, a family movie for people who have outgrown ‘family movies’. The film captures a few hours in the lives of three grown-up siblings as they come to visit their mother for a family reunion. In the four months since they last saw her, each sibling has done something they’re not exactly proud of, and they would rather it stay a secret. But it’s only a matter of time until their mother finds out.

The major themes of the film revolve around its post-coming-of-age setting. Now moved out and living on their own, Laura, Patrick and Grace must figure out how to face their problems alone. However, each sibling is at a different stage of denial about his or her situation. Grace, the youngest, fails to see her decisions as a problem at all. Patrick is still falsely convinced that there is a way out of his problem, and Laura is in denial that her problem can even be fixed.

Some things are discovered only after growing up and experiencing life outside the bubble of your family, and for Laura, Patrick and Grace, it’s the realization that their mother is not so different from them after all. In fact, when it comes to their failures, she’s been there and done that already. With this revelation comes the safety of facing problems with each other’s support.

The car contributes to the themes of the film – driving and car accidents are on the surface, but it goes deeper than that. The vandalism on Laura’s bonnet represents the siblings’ fear of being labeled or judged for their poor decisions, as well as how glaringly obvious their problems really are.

The title of the film is a reference to the part of the car that absorbs the impact of a crash, also known as the ‘crumple zone’. Once together, the family acts as each other’s crush space and are there to cushion the impact of life’s mistakes. The simple truth is, of course: no matter how much you mess up, your mother is still going to love you.