Acorn TV Readies First ‘Miss Fisher’ Theatrical Movie

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV Dec. 10 said it would debut a feature-length film, Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears, Jan. 4, 2020, at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The movie is based on the international “Miss Fisher” television series and murder mystery books.

Filmed on location in Melbourne, Australia, and in Morocco, Essie Davis (Lambs of God, “True History of the Kelly Gang,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Babadook”) returns in the eponymous lead role as the glamorous private detective, The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher, whose exploits in 1920s Melbourne, Australia, lead her to murder, mystery and mayhem from London to British Palestine.

Private investors and fans contributed more than $1 million to the budget for Miss Fisher & The Crypt of Tears through a successful crowd funding campaign.

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Roadshow Films will release the film in Australia on Feb. 27 and it will make its U.S. launch in select theaters and on Acorn TV in March 2020.

Essie is joined by her co-stars from the series including Nathan Page as Detective Inspector Jack Robinson, Miriam Margolyes as Aunt Prudence and Ashleigh Cummings as her loyal companion Dorothy ‘Dot’ Collins. The international cast includes Britain’s Rupert Penry-Jones (Vita & Virginia, Spooks, Black Sails), Egyptian star Kal Naga (Vikings, The Last Post) and, returning to Australia, Daniel Lapaine (Muriel’s Wedding, Upright, Zero Dark City).

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“After first introducing U.S. audiences to Miss Phryne Fisher, Acorn TV is thrilled for her highly anticipated return at one of the United States most prestigious [film] festivals,” Don Klees, VP of programming for the Acorn brands, said in a statement. “Australia continues to produce first-rate programs, and Acorn TV remains a leading destination for bringing them to U.S. audiences.”