Australian miniseries Top of The Lake wins Emmy Award

Top-of-the-lakeAustralian miniseries Top of the Lake has won the Emmy Award for outstanding cinematography at the ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday night.

The TV series created by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, is also up for five Emmy Award nominations in the Primetime Emmy Awards next weekend.

Campion co-directed the series of six one hour episodes with rising Australian director Garth Davis and Australian Adam Arkapaw was the cinematographer.

The story follows a detective as he investigates the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl – the daughter of a drug lord – was filmed around New Zealand’s Queenstown.

See-Saw Films’ Emile Sherman and Iain Canning, the team behind The King’s Speech, were executive producers on the film. And the cast includes David Wenham, Madmen’s Elisabeth Moss, War Horses’s Peter Mullan and Holly Hunter, who worked with Campion on The Piano.

Kathleen Drumm, head of marketing for Screen Australia said: “The Emmys are one of the most significant international awards in television and this is well-deserved recognition for what is a world-class production.”

Top of the Lake was produced in association with Screen Australia, Screen NSW and Fulcrum Media Finance for BBC Two, UKTV and Sundance Channel, with BBC Worldwide handling international sales.

A further five nominations for the Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced in LA on Sunday September 22. The nominations are for outstanding miniseries or movie, outstanding writing, outstanding directing, acting in a lead role, for Moss, and acting in a supporting role, for Mullen.


  • Production Company: See-Saw Films Pty Ltd
  • Executive Producers: Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Jane Campion
  • Producer: Philippa Campbell
  • Creators/Writers: Jane Campion, Gerard Lee
  • Directors: Jane Campion, Garth Davis
  • Cinematographer: Adam Arkapaw
  • Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Peter Mullan, David Wenham, Thomas M. Wright and Holly Hunter
  • Broadcasters: BBC Two (UK), UKTV (Australia/New Zealand) and Sundance Channel (US)
  • Sales and Distribution: BBC Worldwide
  • Synopsis: A 12-year-old girl walks out chest deep into the freezing waters of an alpine lake. The girl is Tui Mitcham, daughter of the local drug lord, Matt Mitcham. She is discovered to be five months pregnant and won’t say who the father is. Then she disappears.

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