There’s an interesting interview with Claire Tonkin, Creator, Executive Producer and Writer of My Life Is Murder in the Perth newspaper Joondalup Weekender on how the show came into being and how they got Lucy Lawless to sign up for the role of Alexa Crowe!
Job A Real Drama – Interview with Claire Tonkin
joondalup Weekender (Perth, WA)
11 July 2019
FROM the suburb of Kingsley to Ramsay Street, Claire Tonkin is making it big in the Australian television industry. As a teen, Tonkin attended Greenwood College until she fell ill and had to complete her last couple of years of school via distance education. “During this time I watched a lot of TV drama because I was so sick and I couldn’t do anything else,” she said.
This led to her studying media at ECU, where she discovered screenwriting. She then secured a job with Channel 7 working on All Saints before moving to Ten, where she spent a decade as the network’s drama executive working on scripted shows such as Offspring, The Wrong Girl and Puberty Blues and becoming the executive producer for Neighbours.
In 2017, she became the head of drama at CJZ, which makes Bondi Rescue and Gruen, and has now created her own show, My Life Is Murder. She said the 10-episode drama series came out of a discussion about “how to make a mystery show with an irreverent lead character who breaks the rules in a cheeky way”.
“Channel 10 was excited and very supportive and wanted to know1 wrho our dream cast would be and I said we needed ‘someone like Lucy Lawless’,” she said. “Lucky for me she was in Australia for the Mardi Gras that week and agreed to have lunch with me in the one hour she had free. We talked for two hours and she agreed to come on board and in less than a year we’d made the show.”
As the show’s executive producer, producer, writer and even an extra in the first episode, Tonkin said she was excited to share what she had been up to when My Life Is Murder airs on July 17.