Bad Debts and Black Tide – Jack Irish on the TV


Last year, two of Peter Temple’s Jack Irish books were turned into television movies. Guy Pearce played the role of Jack Irish. For me, having Guy Pearce in a production is enough to get me to watch; possibly with the exception of Prometheus, he picks interesting roles and I enjoy his performances.

Jack Irish is a former criminal lawyer whose wife was killed and he went on a downward spiral. After emerging from rock bottom, he has become a private detective and debt collector. In each film, the course of his work leads him to a situation that he wants to look into in greater detail. There is danger and violence, but nothing over-the-top and Hollywood. Overall, it is a very Melbourne production, from the pub with all of the Fitzroy memorabilia where Jack likes to share a drink with the old blokes who hold up the bar (the Napier in Fitzroy, in case you were wondering) to the bluestone alleys.

Producer Ian Collie has announced that he plans to turn the next two Jack Irish novels into television movies, and has optioned the fifth, which is yet to be published. Fabulous news; with the majority of Australian-produced television being reality television or soap opera, it is wonderful to know that there will be some good quality Australian drama to come.

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