Miss Fisher's Melbourne…

Posted by on Mar 6, 2012 in Melbourne on the Screen | 2 comments

Miss Fisher's Melbourne…

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Watching Miss Fisher‘s Murder Mysteries set in Melbourne in the 1920′s is a little like sipping a sparkling champagne. Now we already know I am a Melbourne fan, but how cool is 1920′s Melbourne? It’s all Windsor Hotel, and train travel, and drinking before midday, and cute hats, and lots of jewels and shoes…really pretty shoes.

Miss Fisher
Miss Fisher

The 13 part mini series currently showing on ABC1 at the moment is a delicious adaptation of Kerry Greenwoods novels starring the glamorous and dashing lady detective Miss Phryne Fisher. The lead played by Essie Davis is sumptuous, witty, enchantingly promiscuous, enviably dressed. While for some reason I have yet to warm to her, I am determined to have remedied this by the end of this series. I love 1920s Melbourne. I love even more that it appears weekly on my iPad iView app as soon as the show finishes screening on air on Friday night. There is just something about seeing Melbourne on the screen.

Miss Fisher

 

The cast has a strong support from the adorable phone fearing maid Dot to the scamps Bery and Sec, the Buler called John Butler (love!) and the dashing policeman who may well be a love intrest for the savvy Phryne.

Miss Fisher

 

We have seen Miranda Otto and Miriam Margoles shofar and am sure many more great Australian actors on the screen.

Miss Fisher

The first episode has Miss Fisher, Phryne arriving by sea (I can only assume Port Melbourne) and checking into a suite at the Windsor.

Miss Fisher

 

They seem to blend CGI (?) with clever angles to show a deco Melbourne, that really when you look about shouldn’t be too hard, we have lots of lovely buildings.

 

Miss Fisher

Shooting for episode two set at Spenser St makes train travel an adventure. An overnight train trip to Ballarat? Why yes please. Although I would prefer no murder for my travel. It appears they shot the station scene at a smoke enrobed Hawksburn Station. They also feature the Rowing Clubs along the Yarra.

Miss Fisher

I can’t wait to see what else appears in the coming weeks and in the meantime the lovely Mother Dino has leant me the first three books to read. So if you see me sporting a cloche, long beads and really pretty shoes…don’t be surprised if I have cut my long locks for a chic bob (which has to be a a new trend at L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Week surely) . All the best lady detectives wear their hair in a bob. Just look at Miss Fisher.

Miss Fisher

 

2 Comments

  1. Loving the Melbourne setting of Miss Fisher – My grandmother and her sisters used to tell me tales of their shenanigans back in the day. I’ve got lots of little trinkets that were left to me that are all on screen in this show – pigskin driving gloves, pale pink stocking suspenders, diamante headbands to name a few.
    I’m enjoying getting to know this character – she’s got gumption.

    • Gumption is a perfect word to describe her. As when i think about is Moxy. It’s a very cool charachter.

      The beautiful treasures you have received over the years sound amazing – I hope you get the chance to wear them sometime!

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