As we're in the thick of the awards season, here's a gentle reminder (as if you already didn't know) that it's not really about "the best" of anything, but mostly about who has the most efficient campaign. If the right people get nominated and win along the way, that's almost a happy accident. But just as often, great, deserving films get overlooked. Let's take Jane Campion's "Bright Star" for example, an utterly gorgeous, affecting, aching film powered by a beautiful turn by Abbie Cornish, breathtaking cinematography and a tone and tenor unlike any film that year. That it received only a paltry Costume Design nomination is a crime, but at least Campion is still solidering on and her next effort sounds absolutely great.
With “Mad Men” star Elisabeth Moss already set in the lead, “Top Of The Lake” reunites Campion with Gerard Lee, the writer of her 1989 film “Sweetie,” for the tale of a detective investigating the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant daughter of a local drug lord. With the Sundance Channel now teaming with BBC Worldwide to co-produce and distribute the seven-part mini-series, Deadline reveals that the show is casting up. “The Piano” star and Oscar winner Holly Hunter, Peter Mullan (”Tyrannosaur,” “War Horse”) and David Wenham (Faramir in a couple of “The Lord Of The Rings”) have all come on board »
Holly Hunter, Peter Mullan and David Wenham have joined the cast of Jane Campion’s "Top Of The Lake" seven-part, six-hour miniseries for BBC Two and Sundance Channel says Deadline.
Written by Campion and Gerard Lee (Sweetie) and co-directed by Campion and Garth Davis, the story is set in the remote mountains of New Zealand and follows the disappearance of a five-months pregnant 12-year-old named Tui who was last seen standing chest-deep in a frozen lake.
Investigating detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) must lose herself in order to find the missing girl. During the investigation, she collides with Matt Mitcham (Mullan), a local drug lord who is Tui’s father, and a women's camp guru named G.J (Hunter). The case pushes Robin into a journey of self-discovery.
- Garth Franklin