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Top Of The Lake (BBC-Sundance 2013,2017, Elisabeth Moss)



Top of the Lake Elisabeth Moss

Top of the Lake is an Australian/New Zealand murder mystery series following the disturbing cases of Detective Robin Griffin. The first season was set in New Zealand and the second, some four years later, was set in Sydney, Australia.

Filmed in the remote mountains of New Zealand, the seven-part series is a powerful and haunting mystery that centers on the disappearance of a 12-year-old named Tui who is five months pregnant. In this classic mythic struggle set in New Zealand, investigative detective Robin Griffin (Moss) must lose herself in order to find the missing girl. During the investigation, she collides with Matt Mitcham (Mullan), Tui’s father, a local drug lord, and G.J (Hunter), a guru at a local women’s camp. As the case unfolds, in a paradise where honest work is hard to find, Robin will find that her limits are tested, sending her on a journey of self-discovery.

Elisabeth Moss as Robin Griffin
David Wenham as Bob
Holly Hunter as G.J.
Lucy Lawless as Caroline
Peter Mullan as Matt Mitcham

In China Girl Detective Robin Griffin is recently returned to Sydney and trying to rebuild her life. When the body of an Asian girl washes up on Bondi Beach, there appears little hope of finding the killer, until Robin realizes “China Girl” didn’t die alone. Robin looks to the investigation to restore herself, but her problems are personal. Haunted by a daughter given up at birth, Robin desperately wants to find her, yet dreads revealing the truth of her conception.

But her search to discover China Girl’s identity will take her into the city’s darkest recesses and closer than she could have imagined to the secrets of her own heart.

The combination of a new location and the dynamics of her relationships in this new story push Robin into new terrain, as she follows unexpected leads and digs deeper within herself to solve this new, darkly disturbing case and uncover the identity of China Girl.

Her assigned police partner Miranda (Gwendoline Christie) is an unwanted and yet unexpectedly forceful catalyst in pushing Robin to face her darkest demons, while the connection with her daughter Mary (Alice Englert) is wrought with complexities, as the girl’s enigmatic older boyfriend Puss (David Dencik) is a provocateur with links to the ‘China Girl’ mystery.

Mary’s adoptive parents Julia (Nicole Kidman) and Pyke (Ewen Leslie) bring their own human dramas into Robin’s world, as she maps a road through a much longed-for connection with her daughter.

Top of the Lake China Girl

Nicole Kidman in China Girl.

Elisabeth Moss as Robin Griffin
Gwendolyn Christie as Miranda Hilmarson
Nicole Kidman as Julia Edwards
Ewen Leslie as Pyke Edwards
Alice Englert as Mary Edwards
David Dencik as Alexander Braun aka Puss

key behind the scenes crew
Christian Vesper as Executive Producer (Sundance)
Emile Sherman as Executive Producer
Garth Davis as Director
Gerard Lee as Writer
Iain Canning as Executive Producer
Jane Campion as Writer/Director
Philippa Campbell as Executive Producer

show type
crime drama

broadcast from
Season one (7 episodes) premiered 18 March 2013
Season two (6 episodes) premiered 27 July 2017

network and production companies
BBC Two – Sundance – Escapade Pictures – See-Saw Films

1. EPISODE ONE (27 Jul 17)