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.

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 twelve-year-old girl who five months pregnant and was last seen standing chest deep in a frozen lake. Robin Griffin (Moss) is a gutsy, but inexperienced, detective called in to investigate Tui’s case. During the investigation, she collides with Matt Mitcham (Peter Mullan, WARHORSE), the missing girl’s father and local drug lord, and GJ (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.

“I am excited to be returning to the Sundance Film Festival with TOP OF THE LAKE,” said director Jane Campion. “I love crime mysteries and I wanted to write one that had room to expand like a true novel so the idea of doing a six hour long story was very exciting to me. To be able to screen the series in its entirety for the film community is a fantastic opportunity.”

RECTIFY, which will be showcased at a private screening in Park City on January 19th, was created and written by acclaimed actor and filmmaker Ray McKinnon (THE ACCOUNTANT). When Daniel Holden (Aden Young) is suddenly released from prison after 19 years on Death Row, it reopens a mystery that defined a small town. Having spent his adult life waiting to die, Daniel must now learn how to live in a world, a community, and a family he no longer knows. His return divides the small Georgia town and the man who became a State Senator on the heels of his conviction is dead set on putting him back behind bars. Daniel’s release reignites the mystery, the power plays and the questionable justice that condemned him. The six-part series was produced by BREAKING BAD producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein.