Tui (newcomer Jacqueline Joe) appears in the first official image released in early December to promote Top of the Lake, filmed in the Wakatipu during winter 2012. Photo by Parisa Taghizadeh.
Top of the Lake, the eagerly-awaited television series
from Academy Award-winning New Zealand writer-director Jane
Campion which was filmed in and around Queenstown last year,
will debut on Sky on UKTV from March 25.
Starring Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), David Wenham
(Killing Time), Peter Mullan (War Horse), Tom
Wright (Balibo) and Holly Hunter (Saving
Grace), Top of the Lake is described as a powerful
and haunting mystery. BBC Worldwide Australasia spokeswoman
Deirdre Brennan said in a statement the corporation was
''proud to present this exciting piece of television to New
''[Co-writers] Jane Campion and Gerard Lee have created
something truly unique.
''At its heart, Top of the Lake is a gripping mystery
centred on the disappearance of a 12-year-old girl. But the
spectacular setting of New Zealand's Southern Alps, the
richly imagined community and the women's camp led by Holly
Hunter's enigmatic guru GJ, bring real depth, colour and
distinction to this production.''
Top of the Lake will have its world premiere at the
Sundance Film Festival this month. It is the first time the
prestigious festival has included a scripted long-form series
in their line-up.
Genevieve Lemon (Sweetie), Robyn Nevin of Australian
theatre, Robyn Malcolm (Outrageous Fortune), Jay Ryan
(Go Girls) Kip Chapman (The Cult) and Madeleine
Sami (Super City) are among the transtasman talent to
feature in the production.