This post isn’t really about Tasmania at all. It’s more in the way of background. It’s about murder mysteries.
It was while I was watching the BBC’s recent And Then There Were None that I first decided to explore the affinity between Tasmania and detective fiction.
That series is filmed in Cornwall, mostly around Kynance Cove.
But the makers completely understood the affinity between a murder mystery and a wild landscape. The series is set on a lonely island of dark and brooding landforms, surrounded by immense oceans, with plenty of shots of people looking out into endless skies. Its setting feels lonely, isolated, and a long way from anywhere.
The series left critics breathless. Maureen Ryan in variety.com said, “How can a story with such clear-eyed bleakness at its heart be so very delicious?”
*”Kynance Cove” https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kynance_Cove_1.jpg
* “Mullion Cove” by Dr Neil Clifton, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13392842