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Top of the Lake 

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Obsessed with the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl near a freezing lake in New Zealand, a brave detective will find herself up against small-town secrets and a side of herself that was meticulously kept at bay.
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 19 wins & 63 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Elisabeth Moss ...  Robin Griffin 13 episodes, 2013-2017
David Wenham ...  Al Parker 8 episodes, 2013-2017
Peter Mullan ...  Matt 7 episodes, 2013
Thomas M. Wright ...  Johnno 7 episodes, 2013
Skye Wansey ...  Grishina 7 episodes, 2013
Geneviève Lemon Geneviève Lemon ...  Bunny 7 episodes, 2013
Robyn Malcolm ...  Anita 7 episodes, 2013
Kip Chapman ...  Luke 7 episodes, 2013-2017
Jacqueline Joe ...  Tui 7 episodes, 2013-2017
Ewen Leslie ...  Pyke / ... 7 episodes, 2013-2017
Gwendoline Christie ...  Miranda Hilmarson 6 episodes, 2017
Alice Englert ...  Mary 6 episodes, 2017
Sarah Valentine Sarah Valentine ...  Prue 6 episodes, 2013
Madeleine Sami ...  Zena 6 episodes, 2013
Clayton Jacobson Clayton Jacobson ...  Adrian Butler 6 episodes, 2017
Jay Ryan ...  Mark 6 episodes, 2013
David Dencik ...  Alexander 'Puss' 6 episodes, 2017
Alison Bruce ...  Anne-Marie 6 episodes, 2013
Angjee Douangphoumy Angjee Douangphoumy ...  Joy 6 episodes, 2017
Lauren Dawes Lauren Dawes ...  Mandy 6 episodes, 2013
Holly Hunter ...  GJ 6 episodes, 2013
Georgi Kay Georgi Kay ...  Melissa 6 episodes, 2013
Linda Ngo ...  Sinn 6 episodes, 2017
Stephen Lovatt ...  Officer Pete 6 episodes, 2013
Elaine Crombie Elaine Crombie ...  Bev 6 episodes, 2017
Merlynn Tong ...  Caramel 6 episodes, 2017
Nicole Kidman ...  Julia 6 episodes, 2017
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Obsessed with the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl near a freezing lake in New Zealand, a brave detective will find herself up against small-town secrets and a side of herself that was meticulously kept at bay.

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No ordinary place. No ordinary crime. See more »


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UK | Australia | New Zealand | USA

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English | Thai

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18 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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Top of the Lake: China Girl See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Jane Campion offered her The Piano (1993) star Anna Paquin the leading role of Robin Griffin, but Paquin declined due to her pregnancy. See more »

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Featured in The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards (2013) See more »

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Character Development
17 April 2013 | by kenhalverson57See all my reviews

Brilliant character development; each character develops along true lines; their development is not hindered or compromised by the plot line. Beautiful plot twists; the obvious happening when unexpected and bolts from the blue when all seems straight forward. As confronting as real life itself. The cinematography has faithfully reflected the essence and ambiance of this special area. In episode 1 I was critical toward the US/Aust/NZ accent and inflection of Elisabeth Moss but then accepted it as part of her (Robyn's) character. Any misgivings (ABC) of her being cast in the role should totally have been cast aside by such a gritty performance. The glassing scene in the pub is cloned reality. Magnificent scenery, great acting, intuitive story telling.


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