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Screen Actors Guild nominates Elisabeth Moss and Holly Hunter for TOP OF THE LAKE

Screen Actors Guild nominates Elisabeth Moss and Holly Hunter for TOP OF THE LAKE

Sundance Channel received two Screen Actors Guild Awards® nominations for performances in the original miniseries “Top of the Lake.” Elisabeth Moss and Holly Hunter were both nominated in the category Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-series.

USA Today loves Top of the Lake’s “great performances”

USA Today loves Top of the Lake’s “great performances”

In Sundance Channel’s original series Top of the Lake, premiering tonight at 9PM, Paradise is a slice of land that betrays its name. But, according to USA Today, “For seven weeks, it’s going to be a fabulous place to visit. And come Emmy time, a hard place to top.”

LA Times: Top of the Lake is “mysterious” and “beautiful”

LA Times: Top of the Lake is “mysterious” and “beautiful”

The Los Angeles Times is as excited as we are about tonight’s premiere of Top of the Lake (only on Sundance Channel at 9PM). They say star Elisabeth Moss (Detective Robin Griffin) is a “pleasure” and can’t wait to see where the series will go.

Sundance response to TOP OF THE LAKE: “Gorgeous,” “provocative” “masterpiece”

Sundance response to TOP OF THE LAKE: “Gorgeous,” “provocative” “masterpiece”

This past Sunday, an eager crowd of critics and fans devoted a full day — from 9 till 5 — at Park City’s classic Egyptian Theater to watching Jane Campion’s TOP OF THE LAKE in its entirety. The screening of the seven-part series was a Sundance Film Festival first and despite the serious time commitment, audiences were left thrilled by the event.

Already getting buzz, TOP OF THE LAKE premieres today in a Sundance Film Festival first

Already getting buzz, TOP OF THE LAKE premieres today in a Sundance Film Festival first

It’s quickly appearing on critics’ must-see lists — and it hasn’t even premiered yet. TOP OF THE LAKE, the seven-part Sundance Channel original series from Oscar-winning director Jane Campion, is screening in its entirety today at Park City’s Egyptian Theater — the first television series to ever do so, a fact that in itself is getting critics talking.

Sundance Channel original series TOP OF THE LAKE will be first TV show to premiere at Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Channel original series TOP OF THE LAKE will be first TV show to premiere at Sundance Film Festival

For the first time ever, a television series will screen as part of the Sundance Film Festival’s Premieres lineup. Sundance Channel’s original series TOP OF THE LAKE will screen in its entirety on Sunday, January 20th at the Egyptian Theater in Park City and will be followed by a Q&A with the creators and cast, including Oscar-winning writer and director Jane Campion (THE PIANO), and co-stars Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Holly Hunter (THE PIANO). But that’s not all! Our new series RECTIFY will also debut at a private screening in Park City during the festival. Both shows are already popping up on critics’ must-see lists. Read on for more about these two new Sundance Channel originals and make sure to check back during the Festival (January 17th-27th) for daily updates.

Original series TOP OF THE LAKE premieres March 18 at 9P

Original series TOP OF THE LAKE premieres March 18 at 9P

TOP OF THE LAKE, the highly-anticipated mini-series written and directed by Oscar® winner Jane Campion (THE PIANO, PORTRAIT OF A LADY), will debut its first two hour-long installments on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 9P.

Filmed in the remote mountains of New Zealand, the seven-part series will air Monday nights and stars three time Emmy® Award nominated actress and SAG® Award winner Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, ON THE ROAD); Oscar® winner Holly Hunter, who reunites with Campion after their memorable collaboration on the THE PIANO, and BAFTA® nominee Peter Mullan (WAR HORSE, TRAINSPOTTING). Australian director Garth Davis also joined Campion to work on the series, along with co-writer, Gerard Lee (SWEETIE).

Sundance Channel Signs on to Co-Produce Jane Campion's TOP OF THE LAKE

Sundance Channel Signs on to Co-Produce Jane Campion's TOP OF THE LAKE

Sundance Channel announced today it has signed with BBC Worldwide to co-produce Jane Campion’s TOP OF THE LAKE, an original scripted project. The seven part mini-series will be directed by Oscar® winner Jane Campion (The Piano, Portrait of a Lady) and Australian director Garth Davis, and written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee (Sweetie). The project stars SAG® winner and three time Emmy® nominated actress Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, On the Road). Holly Hunter, who won a Best Actress Oscar® for her performance in Campion’s The Piano, also stars alongside BAFTA® nominee Peter Mullan (War Horse, Trainspotting) and AFI Award winning actor David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings, Australia).

The announcement comes on the heels of two Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award for Sundance Channel’s first scripted drama CARLOS, as well as the recently announced scripted dramas RECTIFY and APPROPRIATE ADULT. Produced by Academy Award® winners Emile Sherman and Iain Canning (The King’s Speech, Shame) of See-Saw Films, and Philippa Campbell (Black Sheep) of Escapade Pictures, TOP OF THE LAKE is a powerful and haunting mystery about the search for happiness in a paradise where honest work is hard to find. Set in the remote mountains of New Zealand, the story follows the disappearance of a five months pregnant 12-year-old named Tui who was last seen standing chest deep in a frozen lake. In this classic mythic struggle, investigating detective, Robin Griffin (Moss), must lose herself in order to find the missing girl. During the investigation, she collides with Matt Mitcham (Mullan), Tui’s father, a local drug lord, and G.J (Hunter), a guru at a local women’s camp. Robin will find this the case that tests her limits and sends her on a journey of self-discovery.