Barry Humphries joins third Jack Irish telemovie

Barry Humphries will play a high profile judge when Guy Pearce returns as ABC1's Jack Irish.

2013-05-20_1134ABC has begun filming its third Jack Irish telemovie in Melbourne this week, with Guy Pearce, Marta Dusseldorp, Shane Jacobson, Aaron Pedersen and Roy Billing all reprising their roles.

The adaptation of Peter Temple’s novel Dead Point will see Barry Humphries, Deborah Mailman, Kat Stewart, Vince Colosimo, John Jarratt and Kate Beahan all join the cast.

Carole Sklan, ABC TV’s Head of Fiction, says, “Guy’s wonderful portrayal of Jack Irish has had huge appeal for our audience and we’re thrilled he’s back with such a superb cast in an even more intriguing, entertaining, and exciting story from Peter Temple.”

Jack Irish (Guy Pearce) is a part-time lawyer, mug punter and finder of people who’d rather remain lost. When a high profile Judge, Justice Loder (Barry Humphries) commissions him to locate a mysterious red book, Jack is thrown into a world of sexy club owners, dodgy drug dealers, blackmailers, and unhinged killers. Anyone who touches the red book turns up dead. Jack should follow his instinct and back away – if only the judge wasn’t family. Instead he finds himself chasing the red book in a dangerous race to a remote coastal property with an ominous name: Dead Point.

Shooting over four weeks, Jack Irish – Dead Point also reunites the team that created the first two Jack Irish telemovies – Producer Ian Collie of Essential Media and Entertainment (The Broken Shore, Rake); Director and Co-Producer Jeffrey Walker (Bones, Angry Boys, Rake) – who won the AACTA Award for Best Director for Jack Irish: Bad Debts; Executive Producer Andrew Knight (The Broken Shore, Rake, SeaChange), Co-Producer Andrew Anastasios (The Broken Shore); screen writer Matt Cameron (Jack Irish – Black Tide, SeaChange) and Director of Photography, Martin McGrath (Jack Irish, The Broken Shore, Rake, Killing Time).

Jack Irish was created by Peter Temple – winner of the prestigious UK Crime Writer Award 2007 for The Broken Shore and the Miles Franklin Award 2010 for Truth. The Dead Point novel won the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Writing in 2001. The telemovies Jack Irish – Bad Debts and Jack Irish – Black Tide both screened on ABC1 in 2012 to critical and audience acclaim.

Jack Irish: Bad Debts was the top ABC TV Australian program in 2012. Across the two parts, Jack Irish achieved a national (metro & regional) average audience of 1.5 million on ABC1. Sources: OzTAM & Regional TAM Consolidated data

Jack Irish – Dead Point is an Essential Media and Entertainment production for ABC1; financed with the support of ABC TV. ABC Commercial will oversee Home Entertainment rights in Australia with ZDF Enterprises overseeing international distribution.

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