Northern Ireland

NI Oscar-nominated film The Crush to be shown on BBC1

Oran Creagh
Image caption The Crush stars Oran Creagh as a smitten schoolboy

Hours before the Academy Awards get under way, BBC Northern Ireland will give viewers the opportunity to watch the NI-made Oscar-nominated film The Crush.

The Crush has been nominated in the Short Film (Live Action) category at the 83rd Academy Awards.

It was directed by Belfast-born Michael Creagh and produced by the Hole In The Wall Gang's Damon Quinn.

BBC Northern Ireland will broadcast the 15-minute film at 10.25pm on Sunday on BBC One NI.

The Crush tells the story of Ardal Travis (played by Michael Creagh's son Oran) an eight-year-old schoolboy who falls in love with his teacher, Miss Purdy.

As a symbol of his affection, Ardal gives his teacher a toy ring, only to be later heartbroken when he bumps into Miss Purdy and her boyfriend who has just bought her an actual engagement ring.

Devastated, a spurned Ardal hatches a plan to win the affections of his teacher and challenges her new fiance to a duel to the death.

As well as starring Michael's son Oran, the director of photography on the film was BBC NI camera man Jim Creagh.

A number of BBC Northern Ireland production staff also worked on the project.

'Perfect strip'

Damon Quinn says: "It was actually Michael's brother Jim who brought me the script for The Crush.

"As soon as I read it I knew we had to make it. It was a producer's dream - a perfect script. But none of us thought we'd end up at the Oscars.

"We are the only Irish film out there this year. Who knows we might even win the thing."

Peter Johnston, director, BBC Northern Ireland, said: "We're delighted to be able to bring this acclaimed short film to our audiences on the same evening as the Academy Awards are taking place on the other side of the Atlantic.

"We wish the team every success in picking up an Oscar on the night."