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LGBT+ PRIDE! Film & Television Rec: "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries"

Updated: May 31, 2020


Our female sleuth sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of late 1920s Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger-sharp wit.+ Rating: PG Starring: Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Ashleigh Cummings, Tammy Macintosh

Country: Australia

EVERY CLOUD PRODUCTIONS [2012] action / adventure / crime / drama / historical fiction / mystery

Gold Star!



"Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" is PROOF that Historical Fiction can both feature POSITIVE representation of marginalized communities AND maintain its verisimilitude or, more simply, still be REALISTIC.

This can be demonstrated with a quick summation of the main characters...

Era: 1920s

  • Protagonist (HERO): the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher Female / Progressive / Upper Class / Atheist(?) / Sex-Positive Aromantic Heterosexual

  • Secondary CHARACTER A (APPRENTICE): Dorothy "Dot" Williams Female / Conservative / Lower Class (Maid) / Catholic / Heterosexual / Eventual Hero

  • Secondary CHARACTER B: Detective Inspector John "Jack" Robinson Male / Progressive Conservative / Middle Class (Detective Inspector, Connection to Law Enforcement) / Love Interest for HERO

  • Secondary CHARACTER C: Constable Hugh Collins Male / Conservative / Middle Class (Constable, Connection to Law Enforcement) / Protestant / Heterosexual / Love Interest for APPRENTICE

  • Recurring CHARACTER A: Dr. Elizabeth "Mac" Macmillan Female / Progressive / Middle Class (Doctor, Connection to Medicine) / Homosexual / Friend of HERO

  • Recurring CHARACTERS B+C: Bert Johnson and Cecil Yates Males / Progressive Conservative / Lower Class (Taxi Drivers, Connection to local Criminal Circles) / Heterosexual

  • Recurring CHARACTER D: Aunt Prudence Elizabeth Stanley ( a.k.a. Aunt P. ) Female / Conservative / Upper Class (Blue Blood, Connection to the Wealthy) / Heterosexual

BONUS: Episodes also include...

  • a blackmailed homosexual couple who live happily ever after.

  • a female crime lord who never gets caught.

  • a lesbian love triangle that ends in murder BUT their sexuality is NOT used for shock value.

  • a female and autistic medical student who helps to solve a murder.


POSITIVE representation IS depicting POSITIVE POSSIBILITIES: ranging from how it COULD have been to how it CAN and SHOULD be!


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