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Essential Media and Entertainment is pleased to announce that Guy Pearce, one of Australia's most high profile and respected actors will play Jack Irish – former criminal lawyer now part-time private investigator and debt collector - in the upcoming two telemovies production for ABC1.

Based on the award-winning novels by Peter Temple Bad Debts and Black Tide, the telemovies will be filmed in Melbourne starting October, produced by Ian Collie (Rake, The Making of Modern Australia) of Essential Media and Entertainment. Highly credentialed screenwriters Andrew Knight (Rake, After the Deluge, Seachange) and Matt Cameron (Crashburn, Seachange) have adapted the novels for both telemovies and Jeffrey Walker (Rake, Angry Boys, Small Time Gangster)
will direct both.

Ian Collie said, "It's a perfect match to have one of Australia's finest actors, Guy Pearce, to play the lead in the two telemovies based on the books by
one of Australia's finest writers, Peter Temple. Not only is Guy perfect for the role of Jack Irish, but his participation reflects the growing international reputation and respect for Australian television drama".
Jack Irish is financed with the support of Film Victoria, Screen Australia, ABC Commercial and ZDF Enterprises.