Top of the Lake (2013)

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When pregnant, 12-year-old Tui tries to kill herself in a freezing New Zealand lake, Detective Robin Griffin has plenty of questions for the girl. But when Tui suddenly disappears, Griffin finds herself knee-deep in small-town secrets.

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 Robin (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Johnno (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Matt (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Al (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Grishina (7 episodes, 2013)
Geneviève Lemon ...
 Bunny (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Anita (7 episodes, 2013)
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 GJ (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Zena (6 episodes, 2013)
Kip Chapman ...
 Luke (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Prue (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Mark (6 episodes, 2013)
Alison Bruce ...
 Anne-Marie (6 episodes, 2013)
Lauren Dawes ...
 Mandy (6 episodes, 2013)
Georgi Kay ...
 Melissa (6 episodes, 2013)
Jacqueline Joe ...
 Tui (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Officer Pete (6 episodes, 2013)
Calvin Tuteao ...
 Turangi (5 episodes, 2013)
Gavin Rutherford ...
 Officer Joy (5 episodes, 2013)
Oscar Redding ...
 Sarge (4 episodes, 2013)
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 Jude (4 episodes, 2013)
Erica Englert ...
 Narelle (4 episodes, 2013)
Luke Buchanan ...
 Jamie (4 episodes, 2013)
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 Simone (4 episodes, 2013)
Edward Campbell ...
 Putty (4 episodes, 2013)
Byron Coll ...
 Penguin (4 episodes, 2013)
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 Terry (4 episodes, 2013)
Layne Opetaia ...
 Daniel (4 episodes, 2013)
Sam Dickson ...
 Jase (4 episodes, 2013)
James Blake ...
 Shotover (4 episodes, 2013)
Dra McKay ...
 Delia (3 episodes, 2013)
Griz Pomirska ...
 The Naked Lady (3 episodes, 2013)
Edwin Wright ...
 Scuzz (3 episodes, 2013)
Connor Olivia Moore ...
 Kayla (3 episodes, 2013)
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 Mike (3 episodes, 2013)
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When pregnant, 12-year-old Tui tries to kill herself in a freezing New Zealand lake, Detective Robin Griffin has plenty of questions for the girl. But when Tui suddenly disappears, Griffin finds herself knee-deep in small-town secrets.

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No ordinary place. No ordinary crime.


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The Australian Broadcasting Corporation was set to co-produce and help fund the production but pulled out of its deal when Jane Campion cast American Elisabeth Moss in the lead role. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation had only agreed to help fund the project if an Australian or New Zealander was cast in the lead role. After they left the project, UKTV stepped in to co-produce and replace the lost funding. See more »

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Not mini enough
24 June 2013 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Jane Campion's entry into the world of the mini-series proves to be a big disappointment. The beautiful photography doesn't compensate for the wooden acting, weak script and the lack of a strong, central character. Chief culprit is Elisabeth Moss, here reprising her role as Peggy in Mad Men; problem is, she's supposed to be a tough antipodean cop. Her wavering Australian/Kiwi/English accent doesn't help, either. Her nemesis, a wild patriarch played by Peter Mullen, has her for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

One of the strengths of US drama is the acting quality in the minor parts, but here the Kiwis looks like they threw the casting net no further than the nearest beach. To deflect from the minuscule narrative, there's a women's camp at the edge of the lake, populated by whimsical characters that look like refugees from a Percy Adlon film (Bagdad Café, Shopping With Rosalie, etc). I'm all for mini-series', but this isn't mini enough.


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