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Top Of The Lake series 1 recap

Louisa Mellor Aug 11, 2017

Here’s a reminder of the key events in Top Of The Lake series 1, for anyone whose memory needs a jog. Spoilers…

Warning: contains series one spoilers.

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Detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) returns to her remote New Zealand hometown of Laketop to visit her mother who is dying of cancer, leaving behind in Sydney her fiancé of five years, Steve. When twelve-year-old Tui (Jacqueline Joe) is found standing fully dressed in the local lake, the school nurse discovers that Tui is five months pregnant. Robin is brought in to interview the child on account of her experience with abuse cases. When asked who impregnated her, Tui writes the word “No-one” on a piece of paper.

Tui’s father is local drug-dealer Matt Mitcham (Peter Mullan), a violent man
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Top of the Lake recap: season one, episode four – A Rainbow Above Us

The mysteries intensify as Robin makes a confession and we are forced to watch some tough flashbacks. But you might need to keep the tissues handy for this episode's ending

Spoiler Alert: This blog is for viewers following Top of the Lake at British broadcast pace. Please do not post spoilers if you've seen further in the series.

Click here to read Rebecca Nicholson's episode three blog

I said last week that I didn't trust Al, and tonight's revelation that he is in love with Robin – in an inappropriate, sudden-proposal sort of way – goes towards explaining why. I get the impression that he is trying to save her. It's sad and creepy and, as we still don't know the level of his involvement with the Mitcham empire, I continue to find him a disturbing presence, particularly when he again calls her his "angel".

While Robin rejects her boss, she
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Exclusive: Clip From Rom-Com 'Crazy Kind Of Love' Starring Virginia Madsen, Zach Gilford & 'True Blood' Star Sam Trammell

After earning an Oscar nomination as a producer on the gritty breakout film "Precious," Sarah Siegel-Magness has decided to take on something a bit lighter. Actually, a lot lighter. And even more, she's stepped things up by making her directorial debut on a film penned by Karen McCullah Lutz ("Legally Blonde," "The House Bunny") and based on the book "Angel Angel" by April Stevens. "Crazy Kind Of Love" brings together Virginia Madsen, "Friday Night Lights" thesp Zach Gilford and "True Blood" star Sam Trammell in a tale that follows a mother, in the midst of re-evaluating her life, who leans on her stoner son and his brother for support. But a romance between the younger son and the girl next door could be the key the mother needs to move on. And in this exclusive clip, we see that Madsen's character is clearly out of her element and adjusting to the changes in her life.
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Watch 3 clips from Crazy Kind of Love starring Virginia Madsen Zach Gilford and Amanda Crew

Phase 4 Films has sent along new new Crazy Kind of Love Clips; a romantic comedy also known as Long Time Gone, starring Virginia Madsen, Sam Trammell, Zach Gilford and Amanda Crew. Sarah Siegel-Magness directs from the screenplay by Karen McCullah Lutz based on the novel by April Stevens. While re-evaluating her life as a newly single mother, a woman relies on her carefree son and his awkward brother to keep their lives interesting. When an unlikely romance blossoms between the youngest son and the new girl in town, she realizes the key to her happiness can be found where she least expects it, and there's only one kind of love worth living for - the crazy kind. Also in the cast of Crazy Kind of Love are Graham Rogers, Madeline Zima, Kristoffer Ryan Winters, Anthony Lapaglia, Aly Michalka, Lin Shaye, Eva Longoria and Christopher Atkins.
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Phase 4 Picks Up 'Precious' Producer Siegel-Magness' Directorial Debut, 'Long Time Gone' with Virginia Madsen

Phase 4 Films has acquired Us and Canadian rights to "Long Time Gone," the directorial debut of "Precious" producer Sarah Siegel-Magness. The film stars Virginia Madsen, Amanda Crew, Zach Gilford, Anthony Lapaglia and Eva Longoria. The film centers on a woman (Madsen), whose life is thrown into disarray when she discovers her husband's infidelity. She suffers a nervous breakdown and her son becomes determined to help her with the aid of his estrangd older brother. The film is based on April Stevens' novel "Angel Angel," and produced by Bobbi Sue Lather, Gary Magness and Karen McCullah Lutz ("Legally Blonde"), who also penned the script. Phase 4 plans a theatrical, VOD and digital release in Spring 2013.
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Phase 4 Films Acquires 'Precious' Producer's Directorial Debut 'Long Time Gone'

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Phase 4 Films has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to “Long Time Gone,” the directorial debut of Oscar-nominated “Precious” producer Sarah Siegel-Magness. The specialty distributor plans a day-and-date release in theatres and on VOD and digital platforms in the spring. Virginia Madsen, Amanda Crew, Zach Gilford, Anthony Lapaglia, Eva Longoria and Sam Trammell star in the story of a Connecticut wife and mother who suffers a nervous breakdown after her philandering husband leaves her and the efforts of her sons to try and provide comfort. Karen McCullah Lutz (“Legally Blonde”) adapted the screenplay from the April Stevens novel “Angel Angel.” Bobbi Sue Luther, Gary Magness of Smokewood Entertainment and Lutz produced. Read More: Phase 4 Films Acquires Keanu Reeves Drama 'generation Um...' for U.S. and Canada “We are thrilled to be working with Sarah on her directorial debut after her past success as a...
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Phase 4 Films nabs Long Time Gone

Sarah Siegel-Magness' Long Time Gone Lands at Phase 4 Phase 4 Films has picked up U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to Long Time Gone, starring Virginia Madsen, Amanda Crew and Zach Gilford as well as Anthony Lapaglia, Eva Longoria and Sam Trammell, reports Variety. Long Time Gone is scripted by Karen McCullah Lutz and based on the April Stevens' novel "Angel Angel." The film stars Madsen as a woman living an ideal life, who's thrown into turmoil after she learns that her husband's having an affair. Bobbi Sue Luther, Gary Magness and Lutz produce.
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Phase 4 Films nabs Long Time Gone

Sarah Siegel-Magness' Long Time Gone Lands at Phase 4 Phase 4 Films has picked up U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to Long Time Gone, starring Virginia Madsen, Amanda Crew and Zach Gilford as well as Anthony Lapaglia, Eva Longoria and Sam Trammell, reports Variety. Long Time Gone is scripted by Karen McCullah Lutz and based on the April Stevens' novel "Angel Angel." The film stars Madsen as a woman living an ideal life, who's thrown into turmoil after she learns that her husband's having an affair. Bobbi Sue Luther, Gary Magness and Lutz produce.
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Casting Bits: Jacki Weaver in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, Paul Bettany and Brian Cox in ‘Blood’, Sam Trammell in ‘Long Time Gone’

Casting Bits: Jacki Weaver in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, Paul Bettany and Brian Cox in ‘Blood’, Sam Trammell in ‘Long Time Gone’
[1] Good things keep coming for the stars of Animal Kingdom, as Jacki Weaver lands a role in David O. Russell's The Silver Linings Playbook. Weaver will play Bradley Cooper's mother in the film, based on Matthew Quick's novel about a former high school teacher (Cooper) who’s just been released from a four-year stint at a mental institution into the care of his mother. Upon his release, the protagonist initially tries to win back his ex-wife but eventually falls into a romance with an eccentric young widow (Jennifer Lawrence). Also signed on for the project is Robert De Niro in an unnamed part. Chris Tucker was said to be in talks [2] for the part of Cooper's pal from the institution, but the latest reports don't mention him, so I'm guessing he's out. The Silver Linings Playbook is set to begin shooting this fall. [The Hollywood Reporter [3]] After the jump, Paul Bettany
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Trammell, Gilford Are "Long Time Gone"

Sam Trammell ("True Blood") and Zach Gilford ("Friday Night Lights") are joining Sarah Siegel-Magness' indie directorial debut "Long Time Gone" at Smokewood Entertainment reports True Blood Online.

The story follows a broken family who must cope when Gordie Iris, (Anthony Lapaglia) leaves his wife, Augusta (Virginia Madsen), for another woman. Their disparate sons, Matthew (Gilford) and Henry (newcomer Graham Rogers), have no idea what to do when their mother refuses to come out of her bedroom for days on end which turns into weeks.

When carefree Bette (Amanda Crew) enters their lives, her outlook on the world revolutionizes the way each has been viewing this situation. Trammell plays ‘Jeff,’ an easy-going landscaper, who hires Henry as a day laborer and befriends his distraught mother.

Karen McCullah (“The Ugly Truth,” “Legally Blonde”) wrote the screenplay based upon April Stevens’ novel "Angel, Angel". Bobbi Sue Luther, Gary Magness and McCullah are producing.
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Sam Trammell Brings New Blood to 'Long Time Gone'

"True Blood" star Sam Trammell has shape-shifted himself into something even more dynamic than a collie – the actor is turning himself into a real-life movie star.

Collider reports that Trammell has signed on to play Jeff, a landscaper who serves as a source of comfort to a distraught divorcee in "Precious" producer Sarah Siegel-Magness' directorial debut, "Long Time Gone," an adaptation of April Stevens' novel "Angel, Angel."

The indie, produced by Smokewood Entertainment, centers on a family who begins to unravel when Gordie, the man of the house, played by Anthony Lapaglia, leaves behind his wife and children to pursue a relationship with another woman.

Virginia Madsen stars as Augusta, Gordie's scorned wife, who suffers a breakdown following her husband's betrayal. "Friday Night Lights" star Zach Gilford trades "clear eyes, full, hearts, can't lose" for "just get mom out of bed" as his motto, playing Augusta's son who
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Sam Trammell Joins Virginia Madsen, Anthony Lapaglia, and Zach Gilford in Long Time Gone

Sam Trammell (True Blood) has joined the cast of Long Time Gone, the directorial debut of Precious producer Sarah Siegel-Magness. The story centers on "a broken family who must cope when Gordie Iris (Anthony Lapaglia) leaves his wife, Augusta (played by Virginia Madsen), for another woman." Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) and newcomer Graham Rogers play the two sons who have no idea how to comfort their despondent mother until Amanda Crew (Charlie St. Cloud) steps in. Karen McCullah (The Ugly Truth) adapted the screenplay from the April Stevens novel Angel, Angel. The independent production will continue to shoot around Los Angeles through the end of October. Read the official press release after the jump. Sam Trammell Joins “Long Time Gone” Stars with Virginia Madsen & Anthony Lapaglia In Sarah Siegel-Magness’ Directorial Debut Zach Gilford, Amanda Crew and Newcomer Graham Rogers also star September 27, 2011 (North Hollywood, CA). Sam Trammell (“True Blood
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Graham Rogers Is Stoner For A "Long Time"

Graham Rogers has joined Sarah Siegel-Magness' directorial debut "Long Time Gone" at Smokewood Entertainment says Variety.

Meg Ryan plays a woman who suffers a nervous breakdown after her cheating husband leaves her. Rogers is playing her 18-year-old son Henry, a kind stoner and school dropout determined to comfort her with the help of his estranged older brother (Zach Gilford) and live-in girlfriend (Amanda Crew).

Karen McCullah Lutz wrote the script based on April Stevens' novel "Angel, Angel". Bobbi Sue Luther, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness are producing and shooting kicks off this Fall.
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Long Time Gone Adds Graham Rogers

Graham Rogers joins Meg Ryan in Smokewood Entertainment's Long Time Gone, directed by Sarah Siegel-Magness, which marks her directorial debut.

Meg Ryan stars as a woman who suffers a nervous breakdown after her cheating husband leaves her. Graham Rogers is playing her 18-year-old son Henry, a good-hearted stoner who has flunked out of high school and is determined to comfort her with the help of his estranged older brother (Zach Gilford) and live-in girlfriend (Amanda Crew).

Karen McCullah Lutz wrote the script based on April Stevens' novel "Angel, Angel". Producers include Bobbi Sue Luther, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness.

Shooting for Long Time Gone is set to start this fall.

Long Time Gone comes to theaters in 2012.
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