American actress Elisabeth Moss earned rave reviews from
critics for her role as a troubled detective in Top of the
Lake, the six-hour television drama series shot on location
in the Wakatipu. Photo by UK TV
BAFTA nominations for the Queenstown-shot television
drama Top of the Lake are perfectly timed now there are more
incentives for international productions to shoot in New
Zealand, the South's film chief says.
Film Otago Southland executive manager Kevin Jennings, of
Queenstown, was asked to comment following the announcement
of nominations this week by the British Academy of Film and
Television Arts, or Bafta.
The six-part series co-created by Jane Campion was nominated
for best television drama series in the British Academy
Television Awards and nominated for best original television
music, director fiction/entertainment and editing - fiction
prizes in the British Academy Television Craft Awards.
The critically acclaimed New Zealand and United Kingdom
co-production, starring Elisabeth Moss, Peter Mullan and
Holly Hunter, is up against Broadchurch, The Village and My
Mad Fat Diary for the best TV drama series award.
Mr Jennings said the global attention the Bafta nominations
would bring to New Zealand as a film-making destination
chimed with the announcement by Prime Minister John Key in
December the rebate on international film and television
productions would rise from 15% to 20%.
A further 5% would be available for international productions
that deliver ''significant economic benefits'' to New
''It's great timing for the region to be recognised on the
world stage, considering our recent raise in incentives now
makes us a viable option in that market, especially the
strong British market,'' he said.
''You can't buy the sort of profile you get from the
''Top of the Lake demonstrates our diversity in the type of
productions New Zealand can produce and it will mean a second
wave of viewers for the series as well.''
The British Academy Television Craft Awards are held on April
27 and the British Academy Television Awards take place on
At the Golden Globe Awards in January, Moss won best actress
in a miniseries or TV movie for her lead role as a troubled
detective investigating the disappearance of a girl in her
secretive home town.
The programme won best television feature or drama series at
the 2013 New Zealand Film and TV Awards, as well as best
telefeature or miniseries at the 2014 Australian Academy of
Cinema and Television Arts.
It was nominated for outstanding miniseries or movie at the
2013 Primetime Emmy Awards in the United States.