Drama to screen on British TV

GRANT BRYANT IN QUEENSTOWN
Last updated 05:00 30/10/2012
Top of the Lake
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DARK TALE: Director Jane Campion and co-star Elisabeth Moss, both at centre, and crew film scenes for the "Top of the Lake" mini-series in downtown Queenstown in March. Details of the story remained sketchy while the series was shot, but an online interview has revealed a plot involving rape, murder and a drug lord being investigated by corrupt police.

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A star-studded drama series shot in Queenstown looks set for its first international screening soon - and early reports promise a dark tale of drug lords, rape and murder.

Top of the Lake was shot in and around Queenstown, Glenorchy and Paradise from February to May. The six-episode series was directed by Kiwi Oscar-winning director Jane Campion and produced by Emile Sherman, who also won an Oscar for helming production on The King's Speech.

The series stars Mad Men beauty Elizabeth Moss, Holly Hunter and character actors Peter Mullan and David Wenham.

An interview at Cannes with Campion and co-writer Gerard Lee reveals the mystery-detective story revolves around the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old.

Campion, who owns a property in Glenorchy, said the story was "set in a landscape I know very well" and began with a central character, Tui, being pregnant at 12 and walking into the depths of a lake.

This "inciting incident" compelled the Elizabeth Moss character, a detective visiting the area, to become involved.

The location was very important to the series, Campion said.

"It's a mind-blowingly spectacular wild location that viewers would have never seen before," Lee said.

A partial trailer for the series has been posted on the BBC 2 website, which says the series will be screening soon.

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- The Southland Times

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