One down, seven to go for Top Of The Lake

DARREN CARTWRIGHT
Last updated 21:07 18/09/2013
Top of the Lake

NOMINATED: Top Of The Lake has won one Emmy award and is nominated for another seven.

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Mini-series Top Of The Lake has struck gold for the New Zealand and Australian TV industries after winning an Emmy and there could be another seven to come.

Created and written by Kiwi Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, Top Of The Lake from See-Saw Films is co-produced by BBC Two in the UK, UKTV in Australia and New Zealand and the US Sundance Channel. It was filmed in Queenstown.

In all, it was nominated for eight Emmys with Adam Arkapaw striking first blood on Monday. He won best cinematography in a miniseries-telemovie at the US television industry's Creative Arts Emmys for his work on the first episode of the six-part series.

His win was against the odds, in particular because Steven Soderbergh's biopic about Liberace, Behind the Candelabra which stars Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, is expected to win big.

Behind The Candelabra was released on HBO channel in the US but had cinematic releases elsewhere in the world.

Top Of The Lake is still up for seven Primetime Emmy Awards including two acting categories, but the majority of the nominations are for the production of the six-part series.

The timing of awards could not be better as Top Of The Lake was released on DVD this week.

Producer Emile Sherman, who five years ago founded Australian company See-Saw Films with Iain Canning, stands in line to win an Emmy for Outstanding Mini-Series or Movie.

Sherman said the competition was tough and he has low expectations of winning when he attends the awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday night (local time).

''This has been totally overwhelming,'' Sherman said.

''We were hoping to get one nomination, but to get eight is something we never imagined.

''I don't know when the last time an Australian mini-series has  been nominated for an Emmy but it means it's really been embraced over there, which is amazing for a series.''

Also nominated is veteran Sydney-based editor Alexandre de Franceschi, who along with Scott Gray, is up for Outstanding Editing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special for their work on the fifth episode.

De Franceschi has been editing films, music videos and commercials for nearly 30 years and among the more recent titles he has worked on is the film Stone, which starred Robert De Niro.

"We knew from the beginning when we started getting rushes, and you see the quality of it, we had something special,'' De Franceschi said.

''I've never dreamt of being nominated ... I don't have a single  hope of winning it.

''Winning would be the icing on the cake, but I'm happy with just  the cake.''

The Emmy Awards will be screening live on Vibe channel on Monday 23 September at 12pm with Live from the Red Carpet on E! channel from 10am.

TOP OF THE LAKES'S EMMY NOMINATIONS

- Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

- Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie - Elisabeth  Moss

- Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie - Peter  Mullan

- Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic  Special - Jane Campion/Gerard Lee

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- Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic  Special - Jane Campion/Garth Davis

- Outstanding Casting For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special -  Kirsty McGregor/Tina Cleary

- Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Miniseries Or A  Movie - Alexandre de Franceschi/Scott Gray (Pt 5)

- AAP

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