Saturday, January 21, 2012

Jane Campion to helm New Zealand-set thriller series

The Mountain Scene newspaper has revealed that acclaimed film director Jane Campion will soon begin filming a six-part thriller TV series near Queenstown. The fictional six-part series called Top of the Lake centres around a 12-year-old girl who is five months pregnant and goes missing under mysterious circumstances.

Oscar winner Holly Hunter (Saving Grace) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) will feature, along with Australian and New Zealand cast members. Campion has said about the project that: “It’s a detective story that’s very much influenced by the landscape around Glenorchy and explores ideas about paradise and community".

Campion, who has a long and illustrious career, is perhaps most famous for winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes, and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Piano (which starred Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, and a young Anna Paquin - Hunter and Paquin also winning Oscars for Best Actress and Supporting Actress, respectively). Campion was only the second female director ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director (she remains one of only four female nominees ever in history).

Her most recent film was the acclaimed Bright Star (2009), about the poet John Keats.

I'm looking forward to seeing what a quality storyteller like Campion, bolstered by the likes of Hunter and the Central Otago scenery and atmosphere, will come up with for a television thriller series.


  1. It sounds intriguing, I hope we get it in the U.S.

  2. Sounds fantastic. Is it for the new Zealand audience, or an overseas venture? I hope it is for New Zealand, as it means people are still committed to making good television. I was getting worried for a while there.