Essie Davis on glamour, get-ups and compromises

An interview with the actor who plays the closest thing we have to an Australian superhero.

‘Do we need more glamour in the Australian film industry?’ Essie Davis repeats my question, before replying with a raucous laugh, ‘Well it certainly wouldn’t hurt!’

Glamour is something Davis has in abundance, even without her shiny Phryne Fisher wig and sumptuous 1920s wardrobe. We speak on a grey Melbourne morning and she is sipping a coke to stay awake. Roadshow is working her hard, cramming in back-to-back interviews for the release of this week’s much anticipated, partly fan-funded, feature film Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears.  Despite the tiredness, Davis says, ‘It’s very easy to step into Phryne’s shoes because she’s so vibrant and naughty, and she’s such a fresh and joyous bean of life.’

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is a journalist for Screenhub. She is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram

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