Ahead of its Australian premiere, the final chapter of ABC drama Jack Irish has been sold to the US where it will be available on AMC Networks’ Streaming Service Acorn TV.
UK-based distributor DCD Rights has acquired international distribution rights to the series Jack Irish: Hell Bent which was filmed late last year and is expected to premiere in Australia soon on ABC TV.
The first two series, Jack Irish: Blind Faith and Jack Irish: Last Rites, have been sold to more than 150 countries by DCD Rights, which has subsequently acquired the three Jack Irish 1 x 90’ feature titles – Jack Irish: Bad Debts; Jack Irish: Black Tide and Jack Irish: Dead Point.
This significant deal means that the entire, highly-successful Jack Irish franchise is now available for global distribution in one portfolio.
Nicky Davies Williams from DCD Rights comments,
“The first two series of Jack Irish have been extremely well received by viewers around the world looking for an engaging, hard-hitting and character-driven drama.
We are extremely pleased to have acquired the feature-length movies and delighted that this new, highly-charged third series has already been picked up by Acorn TV for North America. We look forward to announcing further Jack Irish sales in the coming months.”
Emmy Award-winner Guy Pearce reprises his iconic role as Jack Irish, a former criminal lawyer, part-time debt collector and private investigator with a penchant for getting wrapped up in things he shouldn’t, for an unmissable finale.
The explosive final series of Jack Irish delves deep into Jack’s past, questioning everything he thought he knew about his life and bringing him face to face with an antagonist more personal and destructive than he has ever encountered.
Star of the series, Guy Pearce said,
“Jack has been one of the most enjoyable characters I’ve ever played. From our first telemovie in 2012 to our last miniseries in 2018 every twist and turn has been thrilling and every line of dialogue utterly satisfying.
I’m very much looking forward to Jack’s final hurrah but also feeling a deep sense of melancholy knowing it will be our last.”
Joining Pearce once again are Jack’s trusty cohorts Marta Dusseldorp as journalist Linda Hillier, Roy Billing as horse racing identity Harry Strang, Aaron Pedersen as Harry’s trusted off-sider Cam Delray, Shane Jacobson as old-school detective Barry Tregear, Kate Atkinson as IT-guru Simone, Damien Richardson as Jack’s former legal partner Drew, Damien Garvey as Stan, the Prince of Prussia publican, and the inimitable Fitzroy Youth Club, Terry Norris and John Flaus.
A stellar line up of guests including Gary Sweet, Alison Whyte, Genevieve Picot, Matt Testro, John Stanton, Robert Rabiah and Nicole Nabout join Jack on this final crusade.
The four-part series, created by Matt Cameron, Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios, is written by Matt Cameron (Sunshine, Secret City), Andrew Knight (Rake, Hacksaw Ridge), Andrew Anastasios (The Water Diviner, Wentworth) and Alli Parker (Secret Bridesmaids’ Business, Miss Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries).
All four episodes will be directed by Greg McLean (The Gloaming, Wolf Creek).
ABC’s Head of Scripted Production Sally Riley said,
“ABC audiences have relished every outing of Jack Irish and we are thrilled to be bringing Jack back for one last ride. The stellar creative team have pulled out all stops for the finale and we can’t wait to share what promises to be an epic conclusion to this much-loved series.”
Award-winning producers Ian Collie and Matt Cameron said,
“Jack Irish is a character who embodies a ramshackle but indefatigable integrity, putting himself on the line for the forgotten and the disenfranchised in a world that often looks the other way. But he has always been a man carrying scars and demons of his own and in this final chapter he comes face to face with the past that has long haunted him in a thrilling and moving conclusion.”
Inspired by the Jack Irish novels by the late Peter Temple, the first two Jack Irish telemovies Bad Debts and Black Tide were broadcast on ABC in 2012 followed by the final in the trilogy, Dead Point, in 2014. The first Jack Irish series of six episodes screened in 2016. The second series was broadcast in 2018.
Production Credits: An Easy Tiger Production for ABC in association with Film Victoria. Producers: Ian Collie, Matt Cameron and Jo Rooney. Executive Producers: Rob Gibson and Andrew Knight.
ABC Executive Producers: Sally Riley and Brett Sleigh. Distributed internationally by DCD Rights.