MIPCOM: Jane Campion's 'Top of the Lake' Gets Second Season

Top of the Lake

Australia, New Zealand (Directors: Jane Campion, Garth Davis, Screenwriters: Jane Campion, Gerard Lee)

A 12-year-old girl stands chest deep in a frozen lake. She is five months pregnant, and won't say who the father is. Then she disappears. So begins a haunting mystery that consumes a community. Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Holly Hunter, Peter Mullan, David Wenham. This six-hour film will screen once during the Festival.

The Oscar-winning director is re-teaming with writer Gerard Lee on the New Zealand mystery drama

Jane Campion and writer Gerard Lee are moving ahead on a second season of their award-winning mystery drama Top of the Lake. Lee and Campion developed the first eight-episode series, which marked Campion's first return to television since 1990 miniseries An Angel at My Table.

U.K. and Australian film and TV company See-Saw will again produce the New Zealand-set series, which BBC2 has commissioned.

The first season of Top of the Lake starred Elisabeth Moss as a detective investigating the strange disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old girl. Holly Hunter also starred. Moss won a Golden Globe for her performance and the series was nominated for a total of eight Emmys, winning for best cinematography for a TV movie or miniseries.

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See-Saw is ramping up its television production, with several upcoming small-screen projects including Jimmy McGovern's seven-part Australian period drama Banished and Codes of Conduct from 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen. Codes of Conduct, which has received a pilot order from HBO, is a look at a young black man's experience entering New York's high society. Newcomer Devon Terrell will headline the drama.

See-Saw on Wednesday named two new executives to bolster its TV operations, appointing media lawyer Hakan Kousetta as its new chief operating officer to oversee the commercial and operational side of the TV business and Patrick Walters, formerly of Ruby Films, as a development executive for the TV division.

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