Jane Campion, Elisabeth Moss and Holly Hunter Team Up for Top of the Lake

Jane Campion on the set of 'Bright Star'
Jane Campion on the set of 'Bright Star' - Photo © Apparition
Oscar winner Jane Campion (The Piano) co-wrote and will co-direct Top of the Lake for Sundance Channel, with BBC Worldwide co-producing the project. Top of the Lake, a seven-part miniseries starring Elisabeth Moss, Holly Hunter, Peter Mullan, and David Wenham, will start production in February 2012 in Queenstown, New Zealand. Gerard Lee is Campion’s co-writer and Garth Davis is co-directing.
Sarah Barnett, General Manager and EVP of Sundance Channel had this to say: “Top of the Lake is an emotional exploration into the depths of the human spirit. We are thrilled to collaborate with visionary Jane Campion and embark on another scripted project featuring top talent and engaging original storytelling.”
Jane Campion stated, “I am in love with the intense beauty of southern most New Zealand and am excited to be setting a story in this end of the world paradise. 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.”
The Plot:
Top of the Lake is a powerful and haunting mystery about the search for happiness in a paradise where honest work is hard to find. Set in the
remote mountains of New Zealand, the story follows the disappearance of a five months pregnant 12-year-old named Tui who was last seen standing chest deep in a frozen lake. In this classic mythic struggle, investigating detective, Robin Griffin (Moss), must lose herself in order to find the missing girl. During the investigation, she collides with Matt Mitcham (Mullan), Tui’s father, a local drug lord, and G.J (Hunter), a guru at a local women’s camp. Robin will find this the case that tests her limits and sends her on a journey of self-discovery.
Source: Sundance Channel – November 4, 2011