Fans get to help Miss Fisher movie get launched!

This is not the first Kickstarter Program for a movie, and it is not the first time fans helped with a launch in this way.  There are many instances of such group efforts even before mass media came around.

But this is an example of how a group of really enthusiastic fans got to bring about their dream.  It is not a secret that I am a fan of Miss Fisher and the stars of the show.  I have had the privilege of interviewing three members of the cast; Nathan Page, Anthony Sharpe and Travis McMahon!  Nathan has been on my show twice and his second show was the first one of all my shows after 5 years to reach over a million downloads so quickly, so no one has to tell me that he is a popular fellow.

So those very clever people at Every Cloud Productions, (the producers; Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger) asked Mr. Page to put out a video appeal to the fans to help with the Kickstarter Campaign; https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/468758721/miss-fisher-the-movie/description.  It’s rather adorable isn’t it? It’s special guest star (the star of the show) Essie Davis helps out with a special appearance and of course that part is just what we fans want too.  We want Jack and Phryne to finally come together.  Not just a kiss but maybe a chat about it? We also love the whole family so the more that we get this around to everyone and help out, the better the chances that the whole cast will be able to be a part of it.

Anyway this my pitch to help out, as you can see by the counter the campaign is doing very well but some fans that are not on Tumblr, Facebook or Instagram and might not have seen it.  Also some fans may not be following groups, Phryne is an individualist and so are many of her fans.  So if you have not heard about it and can afford to, please help out.  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/468758721/miss-fisher-the-movie/description.

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Talented actor Nathan Page answered our fan questions!

 

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This amazingly gorgeous photo of Nathan Page is by the talented  © Sam McAdam-Cooper.

I am so proud to have taken part in this interview with the talented and diverse Nathan Page. I am so excited to finally get to see his answers to my questions and now I finally get to read everyone else’s questions as well as his answers to those great questions too. I am so excited!!!!

Here is a sneak peak, below is just my questions and answers you can read the rest here at his fantastic site;  https://nathanpagetheactor.com/2016/08/01/nathan-answers-your-questions/

From @Rithebard:

From your posts on Instagram, you love to read. What literary character would you like to bring to life from any time or genres?
There are so many wonderful novels being written that it’s hard to choose. In that sense I don’t feel obliged to classics or the past. I do love a thriller though and the Bourne series would’ve been my recent choice (Damon does it brilliantly).

If you could have any job in the world what would you like to do, and what job would you hate to do?
I’ve always had a quiet place in my heart for understanding and observing nature. And I love the remoteness so in that sense gardening on some level works for me. Form has always sparked my interest and I love looking at buildings of all sorts including interiors so there’s that architectural element. I always, since a young boy, wanted to be a sniper but Bradley Cooper nailed that character so perfectly. Worst job….Definitely ambulance. There’s a reason the suicide rate in ambo’s is 4x higher than any other profession. They see what you shouldn’t see and there’s no coming back from that.

 

 

Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries vs Partners In Crime

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The true loss of a great talent, Alan Rickman.

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When I read of Alan Rickman’s passing my first feeling was shock.  No, he is too young.  He has too many parts still to play.  It’s not fair.  I always hoped I would get to see him on stage.  I would have loved to see him doing Shakespeare, from all that I know of him he would have been magnificent as King Lear.

The first time I saw him I really did not see his features under the make up or the horrid fright wig he wore in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, it was his voice that stayed with me.  It was such a unique voice and though he was a bad guy, it was a wonderful, sexy voice.  It stayed with me.

Then four years later, my Mother and I wanted to do something anti-Superbowl, and I had just become obsessed with Jane Austen.  I fell in love with her writing from the TV mini series of Pride and Prejudice so when I heard that Emma Thompson, (who I admire a lot) had written and starred in Sense and Sensibility. I thought it would be a perfect balance to my thDad and brother taking over living room with the Superbowl. All through the movie the voice of Colonel Brandon drove me mad, I knew it and I had no idea from where.  As we drove home I realized who he played and in the middle of conversation on the drive home said, Robin Hood,  The Sheriff Nottingham, that is where I know him from.  I think I shocked my Mom a bit, but I always remember a voice.  And his was special.  I tried to watch everything he was in that I could.

 

The next film I saw was Galaxy Quest, he was hilarious as the egotistical actor playing an Alien in a Sci Fi show.  Then Love Actually, again like Sense and Sensibility he played the leading man type, you could see what he looked like.  Though his character had some issues he seemed to turn it around in the end.

I came late to Harry Potter, I did not start watching it till the third movie came out.  I started to read the books that year and fell in love with them.  Alan was perfect as Professor alan rickmanSnape. I saw the first two movies on video tapes, so I didn’t get the full effect of the Professor till third movie.  He was amazing as old Snape,  you just loved to hate him.  It was nice that you saw why he did it in the end, again the bad guy was shown as a good guy and redeemed at the end.

 

 

Outside of Harry Potter the last show I saw him on was The Song Of Lunch on PBS with Emma Thompson. It was a lyrical show very much the cycle of love.

There were a lot more movies of course but those are the ones that stood out.  He was a talented man, who was very diverse and special.  He was very well-loved and he will be so very missed by all of his fans.

I raise my wand for you Professor…

We would like to see more of Mr. Nathan Page, Please!

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Nathan Page is such a talented and diverse actor and he has done a lot of work that we really don’t get to see it in the states.  There are a lot of Nathan Page fans here in the US thanks to MFMM and we would love to see his other work.  I have to confess I have been able to see some of the shows through Itunes and YouTube but it is a mystery to me why they don’t show more Australian Shows here inHenry Stokes the US.

Nathan Page is in two shows that are excellent but we don’t get to see them here; one is Underbelly: Squizzy; it is about the life and career of notorious Melbourne gangster, Squizzy Taylor, and is set between 1915 and 1927.   Nathan plays the delectable bad guy; Henry Stokes. Henry is a club owner, smuggler and a bad guy yet he is really funny and adores his wife.  It is a very well written and acted series so why is it not shown here?  Why? 

Nathan is also in the really well done drama Hiding, where he plays the brother-in-law and bad guy, Kosta “Koz” Krilich.  It follows a family in the witness protection program who must build a HIDING.Nathan-Page.Playmakernew life in a strange city, Sydney. Koz is a very complex villain who loves his family but is caught up in some really bad stuff.  He has to deal with his sister and best friend who know what he did.  Nathan gives a wonderful performance but they are not showing here in the states.

Come on powers that be, give us some more viewing pleasure of this talented and diverse actor!

 

 

 

Memories of The Golden Girls!

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It is hard to believe that it has been over 30 years since The Golden Girls came on the air.  As you can see from the above pictures I was in an episode of the classic series, it was one of the best experiences I have ever had.

I was in college and I was using the money for classes, as well as my job as travel agent, to make it through CSUN and later UCLA.  I found out about the audition for the part of a homeless mother at an acting class I was taking.

I went down, auditioned and got the part.  I was so excited, I would work on the show for four whole days, not the one or two day jobs I was used to.  And I would get to work with four of the best actors in the business.  At least that was what I had hoped, though they were lovely, I never got a chance to talk to either Bea Arthur or Estelle Getty.

But I did have some special moments with the wonderful and very kind Betty White and the funny and affectionate Rue McClanahan!  They were both so wonderful.  Betty was sitting on a bed across the way from me to do her scene on, and during dress rehearsal we had to stop several time for tech reasons, lighting and such.  We had to stay in the area but we were allowed to stretch our legs for five minutes. So during one of those breaks I approached her and told her how much her work meant to me both as an actress and as an animal rights activist.  It was Betty and Doris Day that inspired me to start a Jr. Chapter of Actors and Other’s For Animals in my High School.  After I told her she gave me a hug and a kiss on the cheek and said, “Good Girl!” I could have flown home.

Rue, was so funny and I met her early in the morning, I was always early on a studio show, first of all I got a kick out of being on a lot.  I just loved the feel and atmosphere of a studio. I was getting my breakfast off the catering table,  they always put a spread out, I had a bagel and they had the most saliva making looking lox there but no cream cheese.  I was about to use the butter when Rue came over smiling at me as she made up her plate.  Then she put her hands on her hips and at the top of her voice she called out, ” Where the______ is the _______cream cheese?”  She put her hand on my arm and she said, “Are you waiting for the cream cheese, honey?” I smiled and nodded, “Yes, Miss McClanahan.” “Call me Rue, Honey.” She said with a wicked grin, then she called out, “We are both being deprived our breakfast, we need cream cheese.”  The catering girl came with three different kinds, and apologized, “I am so sorry,  a new kid did the spread, here are several kinds.”  “Thank you, (she said her name but I don’t remember it) you’re a darling.”  We each spread on a different type of cream cheese onto our bagels. She winked at me, “Always ask for what you want, Honey it is the only way to get anywhere in this world.” I smiled and said, “That’s a good lesson.”  She winked at me again then took off for her dressing room with her plate and her orange juice.  I went to the players room and sat down and ate my breakfast,  Slowly the other specialty and day players came in with their breakfasts and they never knew about my cream cheese lesson.

Working on the show was a learing experience, I learned what to do, and what not to do.  I learned about how it was to work a studio show from the beginning and how it hard it is to do it over and over, worse than a play because you don’t have as much rehearsal.  On show day,  we were there till 1am, but you know what?  Everyone was in good humor,  worked well together and we had one hell of a good time!

Check out the clip of the show I was in;  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPsuHuRdcLw

The Wonderful Phryne Fisher!

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I love a good murder mystery.  I love fashion.  I love the era of the ’20’s.  I love a strong, smart kick ass woman. I love a kind, smart, no-nonsense cop.  I adore a sweet romance with two innocents.  I really love a sizzling burn that will hopefully turn into a romance,

And that is why I fell in love with Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries on PBS. The books are by Australian author Kerry Greenwood. I intend to buy one but Barnes and Noble who keeps touting them on PBS have none in stock. Odd, huh?
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With wit, humor and intelligence this mystery series really has captivated me.  Miss Phryne Fisher is a rich beautiful and highly intelligent socialite with more skills than James Bond. She speaks several languages including Mandarin and Russian, She flies planes, cracks safes, knows Judo, how to shoot, and can do a rather good fan dance.

 

Phryne was raised as a poor as a church mouse but after the war gained wealth through a quirk of fate.  Her father became a Lord through the deaths of others, it was as the result from the horror that was the Great War (WWI.)

So after Finishing School and unable to really stand her brutish father she came home to Australia from England.  And she quickly fell into a murder. After working with the stoic but wonderful DI Jack Robinson, saving Dorothy, a maid from being a convicted of a crime she did not commit and hiring her as her companion which included such difficult tasks for the innocent young woman as using the new fangled invention the telephone.

As well as the fun of a great mystery and great acting the wardrobe is to drool over.  She wears these amazing costumes of ’20’s like a second skin. The clothes are stunning.

 

But for a romantic like me there is also romance galore.  Dorothy (Dot) played by Ashleigh Cummings and Constable Hugh Collins  played by Hugo Johnstone-Burt, started out with Hugh arresting her and slowly but sweetly they fall for each other.

 

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Phryne and Jack are also a romance but of the kind that will seem familiar for people who watched such shows as Remington Steele and Moonlighting.  Slow and electric and quite delicious.

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The wonderful Phryne is played by the talented award-winning actress Essie Davis.  And the intrepid inspector is played dynamic Nathan Page.  I have only seen Essie Davis in one part, (Girl With A Pearl Earring.)  I have never seen Nathan Page before but he is extremely good at balancing his part with sharp wit and a great sense of dry humor (which I love.)

She is a very modern woman not only does she work as detective but she has a string of lovers and loves adventure and trouble.

With all that, the part that is truly touching is that she brings together a family of sorts, which also includes; her butler called Mr. Butler,  her Aunt Prudence, her best friend Dr Elizabeth “Mac” Macmillan and her ward Jane.  I very highly recommend it!

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Here is the cast list from Wikipedia;

  • Detective Inspector John “Jack” Robinson (Nathan Page), a detective who works reluctantly with Miss Fisher.
  • Dorothy “Dot” Williams (Ashleigh Cummings), is Miss Fisher’s companion (i.e. one employed to live with and serve another). Dot is a devout Catholic.
  • Constable Hugh Collins (Hugo Johnstone-Burt), is Inspector Robinson’s right-hand-man, and Dot’s beau.
  • Mr Butler (Richard Bligh), is Miss Fisher’s loyal butler, an excellent household manager who provides good advice when needed.
  • Bert and Cec (Travis McMahon and Anthony Sharpe), are two working-class friends and devout communists, who often assist Miss Fisher’s investigations.
  • Dr Elizabeth “Mac” Macmillan (Tammy MacIntosh), is Miss Fisher’s close friend and doctor at a women’s hospital in Melbourne.
  • Jane Ross (Ruby Rees-Wemyss), is Miss Fisher’s ward, who shares the same name with Phryne’s deceased sister.
  • Aunt Prudence (Miriam Margolyes), is Miss Fisher’s aunt and a reputation-conscious society matron.