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Roger Lanser

Director of Photography, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears

Chances are, we've all seen at least one of the films or TV shows that Roger Lanser has worked on, even before we fell in love with Miss Fisher's vibrant and beautiful world. But it is certain that without Roger's considerable talents, there would have been less of Miss Fisher to love.

Roger's mastery of light, angle, and framing, and his absolute joy in the art of photography have made Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries a tour de force. We are thrilled to have him join us this year, and cannot wait to learn from him (and not just about the behind-the-scenes shenanigans)!

More about Roger

Roger Lanser has been in the International film and television industry for over 40 years. He has won numerous gold awards for his cinematography, including the coveted Cinematographer of the Year Award, and is a Hall of Fame recipient with the Australian Cinematographers Society.

Some of Roger’s credits as a Director of Photography include films with Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves, Emma Thompson and Bryce Dallas Howard. He also became friend and collaborator with multi award winning actor/ director Sir Kenneth Branagh and they have collaborated on 8 productions together.

Some of the other feature films Roger has photographed include Much Ado about Nothing, Peter’s Friends, Charlie & Boots, Strange Bedfellows and As You Like It.

Roger was also Director of Photography on an Academy Award nominated short film and many Australian television dramas.


Geraldine Hakewill

Ms. Peregrine Fisher, Ms. Fisher's MODern Murder Mysteries

It took a brave woman to step into the Phryneverse on the heels one Miss Phryne Fisher, but Geraldine has done it with aplomb! Her Peregrine has much of the same joie de vivre of her predecessor, but with a 1960s twist. Geraldine's portrayal is a little naughty, a little unsure, and a lot of fun. If you haven't yet watched Ms. Fisher's MODern Murder Mysteries, you're missing out!

In addition to acting, Geraldine - under the single name "Geri" - writes and performs music. She released a four-track EP in 2017, You've Never Seen This Smile, which is available on Spotify.

More about Geraldine

Geraldine Hakewill is a graduate from the Western Australian Academy of Performaning Arts (WAAPA) and can currently been seen as the lead in S2 of Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries on Acorn TV. She was last seen in the critically acclaimed ABC hit psychological thriller, Wakefield. She was nominated for a Logie Award for Most Outstanding Newcomer for her performance as the co-lead in Wanted alongside Rebecca Gibney. Geraldine has also appeared in numerous theatre roles for the major companies around Australia, as well as in award-winning films. Geraldine is currently producing a feature film which will be shot next year in regional Victoria. 

Izabella Yena

Shirin Abbas, Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears

Shirin Abbas was essential to the movie that brought our beloved Phryne Fisher to the big screen. From the moment she appeared on screen, Izabella's Shirin captured our imaginations and hearts. Her nuanced portrayal of a young, frightened, but very determined woman was beautiful, and the parallels between the way Shirin and Phryne take on the world are unmistakeable. 

Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears was Izabella's first feature film, but we're sure it won't be her last! We can't wait to see where she goes from here.

More about Izabella

In her debut feature film role, Izabella played Shirin Abbas in the 2020 feature Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (Every Cloud Productions/Roadshow Films), directed by Tony Tilse.

On stage, Izabella played the co-lead in Melbourne Theatre Company's 2021 production of Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes, opposite Dan Spielman. This followed her recent work in Benjamin Nichol's one-woman show Kerosine (Theatreworks), for which she received glowing reviews. Prior theatre credits include MTC's Home, I'm Darling, an Olivier Award-winning comedy directed by Sarah Goodes; The Violent Outbursts That Drew Me To You (MTC 2019 education program); Slap. Bang. Kiss. creative development (MTC); The House of Bernarda Alba creative development (MTC); Lifetime Guarantee (Theatreworks); a Helpmann Award winning national tour of Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday (Performing Lines); Fierce (Theatreworks); Atomic creative development (Malthouse Theatre); 2.20am (Anvil Production); and a stage reading of Thigh Gap (La Mama Theatre).

A 2016 VCA graduate, her accolades are many and varied. She was a 2017/18 Malthouse Theatre Vanguard Cohort and Ambassador; a 2016 VCA Patricia Kennedy Award winner; a 2016 Melbourne Fringe Best Performance nominee; and a recipient of the 2015 Pratt Bursaries Scholarship. Izabella took Alexander Technique voice lessons for a number of years and enjoys casual beginner dance classes.


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