New Zealand director Jane Campion, pictured here at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, will film a six-part mini-series, Top of the Lake, at various locations around the Wakatipu next month. Photo Reuters.
Academy Award winning film-maker Jane Campion says she is
"excited to be setting a story in this end-of-the-world
paradise" before shooting her first New Zealand production in
20 years in Queenstown.
The Wellington-born writer-director, who garnered
international acclaim with The Piano, Portrait of a
Lady and Holy Smoke, brings the crime mystery
mini-series Top of the Lake to locations in the
Wakatipu next month.
Detective Robin Griffin (Elizabeth Moss of Mad Men
fame) investigates the disappearance of a five-months
pregnant 12-year-old named Tui in remote New Zealand, which
leads her on a collision course with Matt Mitcham (Scottish
star Peter Mullan, War Horse, My Name is Joe),
Tui's father and a drug lord, as well as G.J. (Academy Award
winner Holly Hunter, The Piano), a guru at a nearby
Campion said in a statement she was "in love with the intense
beauty of Southernmost New Zealand" and "to be able to tell
the story over six hours gives myself and my brilliant team a
chance to make something truly absorbing and memorable".
Academy award-winning co-producers Emile Sherman and Iain
Canning (The King's Speech, Shame) said in a
statement they were "thrilled to be working with Jane Campion
and the incredibly talented collaborators who have come on
board this unique series.
"To have Jane turn her creative energy to longer form drama
is further proof of how exciting television has become, a key
medium for sophisticated and original storytelling."