I was one of those who campaigned really hard for S3 of Miss Fisher, the blog was partly result of that time. At the time it seemed like one more instance of sidelining by the boys club of a woman centric show - an unconventional one at that - and some of what EC alluded to at the time suggested this was the case. I - and many others I am sure - felt strongly about this.
Then came S3 which to me was underwhelming and in many ways subtly undermined the Phryne of S1. I had campaigned for Phryne in all her glory, not Phrack or anything else, though the supporting cast do a splendid job in making Phryne’s world so interesting.
So I haven’t been very keen on campaigning for a S4 or a movie, though of course I am happy to have the franchise continue (I do support young Phryne though given it will likely be focussed on her and addresses a younger demographic). It’s great to see the overwhelming support of fans too. Now that the movie is crowdfunded I hope the constraints of what ABC etc wanted is lessened but the teasers don’t seem to suggest that we are heading back to the glory of S1. So I am still a little tepid on the movie
Still I do hope that EC given the funding by fans as well as the zeitgeist of the times brings a strong Phryne game to the movie. The landscape when it comes to women-centric shows is fairly dismal. Of course there are exceptions but I often wish for something unapologetically focussed on women in the way every other male dominated show is. It isn’t so difficult and yet you can count the exceptions.
Time will tell if the Phryne movie is one too.