Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears

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Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears
Teaser poster
Directed byTony Tilse
Produced byDeb Cox
Fiona Eagger
Screenplay byDeb Cox
Based onMiss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
StarringEssie Davis
Nathan Page
Music byGreg Walker
CinematographyRoger Lanser
Edited byStephen Evans
Every Cloud Productions

Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears is an upcoming Australian mystery adventure film directed by Tony Tilse and starring Essie Davis as Phryne Fisher. It is based on the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries television series and the series of Phryne Fisher novels written by Kerry Greenwood.

Plot summary[edit]

Australian entertainment outlet Inside Film summarizes the plot: "After freeing a young Bedouin girl from her unjust imprisonment in Jerusalem, Phryne 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."[1] British aristocrats whose lives were impacted by the events of World War I in Palestine become caught up in the mystery as well.[2]



A stand-alone action-adventure feature film, Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears will pick up the story from the end of the third series. It began production in October 2018 and will star Essie Davis, Nathan Page, and other members of the original television series, along with new guest stars Rupert Penry-Jones, Daniel Lapaine and Jacqueline McKenzie.[1] The film is budgeted at $8 million and was be directed by Tony Tilse.[4] It wrapped production in late November, 2018.[5]

Since 2016, there had been speculation on the possibility that the television series would be made into a feature film. In May 2016, Essie Davis acknowledged interest in playing Miss Fisher in a film. "[We’re] just working out the ideas of how to make it bigger and better and more fabulous than the TV show," she said.[6] Later that year, it was revealed that plans were afoot to produce a trilogy of Phryne Fisher films.[7]

In April 2017, a photo was published on the official Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries Instagram account showing Essie Davis and Nathan Page holding advance copies of a film script titled Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears.[8] On 14 September 2017, a crowdfunding campaign was launched on Kickstarter in support of the film.[9] On 15 December 2017, an additional ongoing crowdfunding campaign was begun through IndieGoGo in order to allow fans to continue supporting the effort.[10] The original campaign reached its goal of $250,000 in less than 48 hours.[11]

Following the success of the Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears crowdfunding campaign, Essie Davis reflected on Phryne's appeal to fans: "I think there are many elements to why fans love 'Miss Fisher', but I'm sure it's Phryne's independence with joy. There's something so attractive about being around a happy person". She added, "That burst between Jack and Phryne, there's nothing more attractive that you want to lean into than watching people fall in love with each other."[12]


The AWGIE Awards, sponsored by the Australian Writers' Guild, has nominated Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears screenwriter Deb Cox for best feature film adaptation.[13]


Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears is planned to be released in cinemas in Australia in 2019.[14]

Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears has been acquired by Acorn TV for North American release. It will premiere on the subscription streaming service following a limited theatrical release in North America.[15] It is Acorn's first venture into theatrical distribution. The streaming service "bought the film sight unseen from the distributor All3Media International and will book US cinemas after the Australian distributor Roadshow sets its release date".[16]


  1. ^ a b "Rupert Penry-Jones boards 'Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears'". Inside Film. 19 October 2018. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  2. ^ Groves, Don (22 October 2018). "British aristocrats caught up in 'Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears'". Inside Film. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  3. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9010738/?ref_=nm_knf_i2
  4. ^ Frater, Patrick (21 May 2018). "Hit Australian TV Series 'Miss Fisher' set for Movie Adaptation". Variety. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  5. ^ Groves, Don (25 November 2018). "It's a wrap for 'Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears'". Inside Film. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  6. ^ Spring, Alexandra (9 May 2016). "The thousand faces of Essie Davis: 'People don't realise I'm the same person'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  7. ^ Bowden, Ebony (17 November 2016). "ABC's Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries set to become an action movie trilogy". The Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  8. ^ missfisher_official (20 April 2017). "Phryne & Jack have been reunited in Melbourne!". Instagram. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  9. ^ Every Cloud Productions (14 September 2017). "Miss Fisher the Movie". Kickstarter. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  10. ^ Every Cloud Productions (15 December 2017). "Miss Fisher the Movie". IndieGoGo. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  11. ^ Moran, Rob (19 September 2017). "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries movie smashes Kickstarter goal in hours". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  12. ^ Whitehead, Mat (30 October 2017). "Essie Davis Is Exploring What It Means To Be Human, On And Off Screen". Huffington Post Australia. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  13. ^ Groves, Don (12 July 2019). "Nominees for the 52nd annual AWGIE Awards announced". If.com.au. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  14. ^ Buckmaster, Luke (17 January 2019). "From Miss Fisher to Michelle Payne: 10 Australian films to look forward to in 2019". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  15. ^ Grady, Constance (12 February 2019). "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries was a beloved cult hit. Now there's a movie, out this year". Vox. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  16. ^ Groves, Don (13 February 2019). "North American deals for 'Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears', 'Ms Fisher' telepics". If.com.au. Retrieved 13 February 2019.

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