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Top of the Lake: China Girl

Panorama | Special Presentations

The scene of the crime has changed—rural New Zealand has been replaced by downtown Sydney, Australia—but all the qualities that made Jane Campion’s feminist police procedural a must-see show four years ago are still very much present and correct in the follow-up: Elisabeth Moss, superb, as the troubled detective, Robin Griffin; an engrossing, vertiginous mystery for her to unravel; Campion’s acute emotional intelligence, sharp social conscience and keen cinematic eye. Plus Nicole Kidman bringing her exacting glamour to the role of a lesbian academic, the mother of the now-teenage daughter Robin put out for adoption as a baby.

When a suitcase washes up on Bondi Beach, visible human hair hinting at the contents, the chances of tracking down the killer appear slim. But this is not an isolated incident, and as Robin digs deeper, the net must be cast wider…

"Call it television, call it a six-hour movie, call it ‘the future,’ it doesn’t matter. Whatever the hell you call it, Top of the Lake: China Girl is as beautiful and soul-stirring as anything you’ll see on any kind of screen this year."—David Ehrlich, IndieWire

Canadian premiere
Country of Origin: New Zealand/Australia
Year: 2017
Running Time: 360 mins
Format: DCP
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Nicole Kidman, Alice Englert, Gwendoline Christie, David Dencik, Ewen Leslie
Executive Producer: Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Jane Campion
Producer: Philippa Campbell, Libby Sharpe
Screenwriter: Gerard Lee, Jane Campion
Cinematographer: Germain McMicking
Editor: Alexandre de Franceschi, Scott Gray
Production Design: Annie Beauchamp
Music: Mark Bradshaw
Production Company: See-Saw Films for BBC Two
Print Source: BBC Worldwide


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