Miss Fisher movie buoyed by US fans


FANS of Australian TV series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries are hungry to see their favourite sleuth on the big screen — and the biggest push is coming from across the ocean.

A Kickstarter campaign for a movie has raised more than $643,000, with Inside Film reporting nearly half has been pledged by American fans.

Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears, an action/murder mystery to be directed by Tony Tilse, will follow Melbourne-based detective Phryne Fisher’s (Essie Davis) “global adventure”.

It is inspired by the novels of best-selling Aussie author and lawyer, Kerry Greenwood.

REVEALED: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries movie planned

media_cameraMighty Merve MacKenzie (Grant Piro) and Miss Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) in season three of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Picture: Supplied

According to Inside Film, 49 per cent of donations have come from the US, 19 per cent from Australia, and the rest mainly from the UK, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, France, Sweden, the Netherlands and Italy.

Movie producers Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox are thrilled at the result, especially given the original target was $250,000.

“The thousands of personal stories that have been shared through the campaign’s community forums and message boards from people across the world have been so inspiring,” Cox told Inside Film.

media_cameraDeb Cox. Picture: Supplied

media_cameraFiona Eagger. Picture: Supplied

She continued: “As a writer I am also gratified by the interest the fans have shown in the scripting process.

“They’ve always been creatively supportive and curious about the whole process — not just the entertainment value of the show — and we’ve been issuing tiny fragments of the feature draft as additional secret rewards to those who’ve contributed.

“The feedback has been so valuable and that we absolutely trust their discretion not to leak these excerpts is testimony to the quality of our fan base and the relationship we have with them.”

media_cameraAuthor of Miss Fisher’s Murder mysteries, Kerry Greenwood. Picture: Josie Hayden

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is extremely popular in the US, screening on Netflix, PBS stations and Acorn TV.

The first Miss Fisher convention was held in Las Vegas in May, organised by the Adventuresses’ Club of the Americas.

“It doesn’t really surprise me as the show spread rapidly across the US. There was already a fan base for Kerry Greenwood’s books,” president Bianca McCarthy told Inside Film. “The US population size lends itself to the larger numbers.”

Club secretary Sarah Thompson added: “We all need a hero like Phryne Fisher and I cannot wait to see her on the big screen.”

Planning for the 2018 Miss Fisher convention in Portland, Oregon is underway.

Budgeted at $8 million, Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears is set to take place in the 1920s, and will follow the events of season three.

Phryne Fisher will take off on “a global adventure — via romantic wayside stops in the Far East, glamorous sojourns in the mansions of London, and a battle to survive the rolling sands of the Arabian Desert,” the Kickstarter says.

According to Inside Film, the movie will likely be filmed in Australia, London and either Morocco or Israel next May/June.

media_cameraEssie Davis as Phryne Fisher and Nathan Page as Detective Inspector Jack Robinson in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Picture: ABC

Originally published as Miss Fisher movie buoyed by US fans

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