Lake's dark tale to premiere at Sundance

GRANT BRYANT IN QUEENSTOWN
Last updated 05:00 06/12/2012
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The inciting incident of "Top Of The Lake", the Jane Campion helmed TV series filmed in Queenstown, which will soon premiere at Robert Redford’s prestigious Sundance film festival, in Park City Utah. Dark dramatics involving drug lords, rape and murder are sparked when main character Tui, 12 years old and pregnant, mysteriously disappears into a lake.

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Top Of The Lake, the first international drama series to be shot entirely in Queenstown, will have its international premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival next month.

Top of the Lake was shot in and around Queenstown, Glenorchy and Paradise from February to May and is estimated to have pumped millions of dollars into the Queenstown community.

The seven-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 actress Elisabeth Moss, and reunited Holly Hunter with Campion, both of whom won respective best actress and best screenplay Oscars for The Piano in 1993.

Early reports promise a dark tale of drug lords, rape and murder, set in the "paradise" of a fictional setting.

During a recent online interview in Cannes, Campion, who owns property in Glenorchy, said the series was set in a landscape she knew very well, but never referred to the fictional setting as Queenstown.

The seven-part series will screen in its six-hour entirety on January 20 in Park City, Utah.

The screening of an entire series will be a first for the festival, which was founded by screen legend Robert Redford, and will be followed by a question-and-answer session with key creators and cast.

New Zealand producer Philippa Campbell could not be contacted for comment on whether she would attend the premiere, or whether a television channel had picked up the series for a New Zealand screening run.

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