Both Two Mothers and the full series (6 x 1 hour) of Top of the Lake will screen as part of the Premieres program which showcases some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year by established directors.
Screen Australia’s Head of Marketing Kathleen Drumm said, “We are thrilled .. . These are both high-profile international collaborations that feature some of our finest Australian talents.”
Two Mothers, with a cast including Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Ben Mendelsohn, Xavier Samuel and James Frecheville, is an erotic tale of misguided love, based on a Doris Lessing novel, adapted for the screen by Oscar-winner Christopher Hampton and is produced by Andrew Mason and Philippe Carcassonne, produced in association with Gaumont, Screen Australia, Screen NSW, France 2, Canal Plus and Hopscotch Features.
Troy Lum, executive producer of Two Mothers, said, “It’s an honour to be able to showcase our film amongst the cream of international talent in such a prestigious forum. We couldn’t be happier to have Sundance as the home of our world premiere.”
Top of the Lake is co-written by Campion and Gerard Lee (Sweetie) and co-directed by Campion and rising Australian director Garth Davis; it follows a detective investigating the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl who is the daughter of a local drug lord.
The six-part series stars Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Holly Hunter (The Piano), Peter Mullan (War Horse, Trainspotting) and David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings, Public Enemies), and is executive produced by Academy Award–winning See-Saw Films’ Emile Sherman and Iain Canning (The King’s Speech, Shame) and produced by Philippa Campbell (No. 2). Top of the Lake is a haunting story set in New Zealand about our search for happiness in a paradise where honest work is hard to find. Top of the Lake is produced in association with Screen Australia, Screen NSW and Fulcrum Media Finance for BBC Two, UKTV and Sundance Channel with BBC Worldwide handling international sales.
“It’s such a thrill to be showing Top of the Lake, See-Saw Films’ first foray into television,” said Sherman and Canning. “It is testament to the pioneering spirit of the Sundance Film Festival that they have invited us as well as a demonstration of the fact that there is no longer a divide between film and television. We are incredibly proud to have worked with the brilliant Jane Campion on Top of the Lake and look forward to sharing her vision with audiences in Utah.”
Top of the Lake will be shown in Australia and New Zealand on UKTV in March 2013 and will be broadcast on BBC Two in the UK and Sundance Channel in the US.