Essie Davis and the cast of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries are reuniting for the feature film Miss Fisher & The Crypt of Tears.
Production will finally get underway in Morocco and Melbourne in October, answering the prayers of thousands of global fans who had campaigned for the return of the exquisite sleuth and a successful crowdsourcing fund.
Essie Davis returns, joined by Nathan Page as Detective Inspector Jack Robinson, Miriam Margolyes as Aunt Prudence and Ashleigh Cummings as her loyal assistant and maid Dorothy ‘Dot’ Collins.
Deb Cox returns as writer, and co-executive producer with Fiona Eagger from Every Cloud Productions. Eagger and Lucy Maclaren are also co-producing. The film will be directed by Tony Tilse, set-up director on the television series.
Cox says the tale, spanning from London to British Palestine, promises “a ride full of twists and turns as Phryne’s Middle Eastern adventures find her hunting for missing treasure, racing the clock on an apocalyptic ancient curse – and still finding time for romantic dalliance – in the sweeping deserts and sumptuous mansions of this exotic big screen production”.
Fiona Eagger said: “Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears will have the witty intrigue of Indiana Jones, the opulent style of a Merchant Ivory Production, and the feminist fun of Thelma and Louise. The legions of Miss Fisher fans from around the world have been eagerly waiting for news of Phryne’s next grand adventure. We are thrilled that she will be taking the leap to the big screen and with this fabulous new international murder mystery story.”
Sally Caplan, Head of Production at Screen Australia, said: “The Miss Fisher TV series has had extraordinary success with international sales in over 170 territories and is testament that strong female characters resonate with audiences. Every Cloud have smartly leveraged this fan base into crowd-funding for the film, and assembled the same creative team to expertly deliver a big screen chapter of the adventures of Miss Fisher with excellent commercial prospects.”
Victorian Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said: “This year is shaping up to be a bumper year for Victoria’s screen sector and Miss Fisher & The Crypt of Tears is part of an impressive slate of local productions that will go on to screen across the globe. The 2018-19 Budget includes $8.4 million to ensure our state continues to be a destination of choice for productions of all sizes and secure a strong pipeline of work for the 11,500 Victorians employed across our screen industry.”
Joel Pearlman, co-CEO of Roadshow Films, said: “We are incredibly excited to be working with Fiona, Deb, Tony and this incredible team to bring Miss Fisher to the screen. Phryne Fisher has become a much loved and iconic modern day heroine in a classical world and her leap to the big screen is already anticipated by the huge audience that has grown to love this character. Roadshow films can’t wait to be part of the next iteration of her journey.”
A release date is yet to be confirmed.
The film opens with the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher rescuing Shirin Abbas, a young Bedouin woman, who has been thrown into jail in British Mandated Palestine, for making trouble at a time of colonial unrest. After a perilous escape from Jerusalem, she rejoins Shirin as a fellow guest in the home of Lord and Lady Lofthouse, for the London ‘season’ and she pledges to help her right a wrong and discover the truth about the Crypt of Tears – an ancient crypt rumoured to lie somewhere beneath the rolling sands of the Negev Desert.