Top of the Lake to screen at Sundance
An Australian production will be the first TV series to screen in its entirety at the Sundance Film Festival.
Top of the Lake is a six by one-hour drama co-directed by The Piano’s Jane Campion and Garth Davis, director of Toohey’s Nocturnal Migration ad.
The series will screen in the festival’s Premieres program.
The series is co-written by Campion and Gerard Lee and produced by Philippa Campbell and executive produced by See-Saw Films’ Emile Sherman and Iain Canning, producers of The King’s Speech and Shame.
Sherman said: “It’s such a thrill to be showing Top of the Lake, See-Saw Films’ first foray into television. It is testament to the pioneering spirit of the Sundance Film Festival that they have invited us as well as a demonstration of the fact that there is no longer a divide between film and television. We are incredibly proud to have worked with the brilliant Jane Campion on Top of the Lake and look forward to sharing her vision with audiences in Utah.”
The series is produced in association with Screen Australia, Screen NSW and Fulcrum Media for BBC Two, UKTV and the Sundance Channel.
The production, filmed in Queenstown, New Zealand stars Elisabeth Moss, Holly Hunter, David Wenham and Peter Mullan and follows a detective investigating the disappearance of a 12 year old pregnant girl, who is also the daughter of a local drug lord.
Screening alongside Top of the Lake is Australian-French co-production, Two Mothers, starring Australians Naomi Watts, Ben Mendelsohn, Xavier Samuel and James Frecheville, directed by Anne Fontaine and adapted from a Doris Lessing novel. The film is produced by Hopscotch Features’ Andrew Mason as well as Ciné-@, Mon Voisin Productions, Guamont and France 2 Cinema.
Sundance takes place from January 17-27. Top of the Lake will screen in Australia on UKTV in March 2013.