Nominations 'great timing'

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
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 Zealand.

''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 prestigious Baftas.

''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 May 18.

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.