Twenty-three years after screening her first feature, Sweetie, in Park City, Jane Campion returns to the Sundance Film Festival with Top of the Lake, a chilling six-hour saga about a detective tasked with uncovering hidden secrets in a tiny New Zealand town. When Tui Mitcham, the pregnant 15-year-old daughter of a local drug king, refuses to reveal the identity of her child’s father and tries to drown herself in the freezing waters of Lake Top, Robin Griffin, a tenacious detective specializing in juveniles, is brought in to handle the case. But when Tui suddenly disappears, Robin embarks on a search that forces her to dissect not only the tangled drama of Lake Top’s town folk, but also her own convoluted past.
Transporting us to the hauntingly beautiful, isolated mountains of New Zealand, Campion’s riveting series captures the silent despair plaguing a secluded town and tells an astonishing tale of rediscovered identities and the limits of the human condition. - T. B.
About the Directors
Jane Campion’s films include Sweetie; An Angel at My Table; The Piano, which was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three, including best screenplay; The Portrait of a Lady; Holy Smoke; which she cowrote with her sister, Anna Campion; In the Cut; and Bright Star. Campion won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival twice: for her short film Peel and her feature The Piano.
Garth Davis is renowned for directing some of the most memorable and awarded television commercials. His recent work has garnered the prized Gold Lion at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and a finalist nomination from the Directors Guild of America. Davis’s dramatic work includes the documentary P.I.N.S., the award-winning short film Alice, and the highly acclaimed television series Love My Way.
Cast and Credits
Directors: Jane Campion, Garth Davis
Screenwriters: Jane Campion, Gerard Lee
Executive Producers: Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Jane Campion
Producer: Philippa Campbell
Cinematographer: Adam Arkapaw
Editors: Alexandre De Franceschi, Scott Gray
Production Designer: Fiona Crombie
Composer: Mark Bradshaw
Principal Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Holly Hunter, Peter Mullan, David Wenham
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