"Top of the Lake" (TV show) is a drama series on Sundance Channel that is directed by Oscar winner Jane Campion ("The Piano," "Portrait of a Lady") and Australian director Garth Davis, and written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee ("Sweetie").

The project stars SAG winner and three time Emmy-nominated actress Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men," "On the Road"). Holly Hunter, who won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Campion's "The Piano," also stars alongside BAFTA nominee Peter Mullan ("War Horse," "Trainspotting") and AFI Award-winning actor David Wenham ("The Lord of the Rings," "Australia").

The series 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.

Season 2

"Top of the Lake: China Girl" is a crime mystery story that begins four years after the explosive ending of series one. After the shocking events that rocked her hometown in New Zealand, Detective Robin Griffin, recently returned to Sydney, is trying to rebuild her life. When the body of an Asian girl washes up on Bondi Beach, there appears little hope of finding the killer, until Robin realizes "China Girl" didn't die alone. Robin's search to discover "China Girl's" identity takes her into the city's criminal underbelly and closer than she could have imagined to the secrets of her own heart.

Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men") reprises her Golden Globe winning role as Detective Robin Griffin. She is joined by Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie ("Game of Thrones," "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"). Also joining the cast are David Dencik ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"), Alice Englert ("Beautiful Creatures," "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell") and Ewen Leslie ("The Daughter").

"Top of the Lake" is co-produced by Sundance Channel, BBC Two, and UKTV in Australia and New Zealand. Producers are Academy Award winners Emile Sherman and Iain Canning ("The King's Speech," "Shame") of See-Saw Films, and Philippa Campbell ("Black Sheep") of Escapade Pictures. Executive producer for Sundance Channel is Christian Vesper. BBC Worldwide distributes the television series internationally.


Network: SundanceTV
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: March 18, 2013
Seasons: 2
Production Companies:
See-Saw Films
Escapade Pictures

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