Cameras roll on Miss Fisher feature

Filming is now underway in Morocco on Miss Fisher & The Crypt of Tears, the feature film based on ABC’s Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, based on the book by Kerry Greenwood.

The film drew a fervent fan response through a crowdfunding campaign to secure final funding.

Essie Davis returns as The Hon. Phryne Fisher, joined by British actor Rupert Penry-Jones (Spooks, Silk) and Aussies Daniel Lapaine (Zero Dark Thirty) and Jacqueline McKenzie (Pine Gap, Wolf Creek).

Also returning are Nathan Page as Detective Inspector Jack Robinson, Miriam Margolyes as Aunt Prudence, Ashleigh Cummings as Dorothy ‘Dot’ Collins and Hugo Johnstone-Burt as her adoring husband Constable Hugh Collins.

The ensemble cast also includes John Stanton (The Dr Blake Mysteries, Beneath Hill 60) William Zappa (Mad Max 2), Ian Bliss (Matrix Reloaded), Los Angeles-based Egyptian star Kal Naga (Eyes of a Thief) and the film will introduce Australian actress Izabella Yena to the big screen.

Spin-off telemovie Ms. Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries is also filming in Melbourne for Seven.

In this big-screen Miss Fisher adventure, the exploits of The Hon. Phryne Fisher in 1920s Melbourne, Australia, lead her to murder, mystery and mayhem from London to British Palestine. After freeing a young Bedouin girl (Shirin Abbas) from her unjust imprisonment in Jerusalem, Miss Fisher begins to unravel a decade-old mystery concerning priceless emeralds, ancient curses and the truth behind the suspicious disappearance of Shirin’s forgotten tribe.

From a screenplay by Deb Cox, Miss Fisher & The Crypt of Tears will be produced by Fiona Eagger, with Every Cloud’s Eagger and Cox also acting as executive producers. Lucy Maclaren is co-producer.

The film will be directed by Tony Tilse, who was the set-up director on the television series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Tony has built a formidable international reputation for work such as Serengoon Road and Grace (HBO Asia), Wolf Creek, multiple episodes of Ash vs Evil Dead for producer Sam Raimi and Chosen for Playmaker / China’s iQiyi. He recently completed Grisse, also for HBO Asia.

Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears is an Every Cloud Productions feature for Roadshow Films, Australia, with principal production investment from Screen Australia, in association with all3media international, Film Victoria, Fulcrum Media Finance and Film Finances Australasia.

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