Top of the Lake is a mystery drama television series created and written and directed by by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee.
It aired in 2013, and the sequel, entitled Top of the Lake: China Girl, in 2017. It marks Campion’s first work for television since An Angel at My Table in 1990.
In the small town of Laketop, New Zealand, a young girl named Tui Mitcham is discovered standing chest-deep in the icy, glacial waters of the titular lake. Afterwards, a school nurse notices that the girl is pregnant.
Robin Griffin, who grew up in the area, is now a police inspector in
Sydney who specializes in cases involving children. While home visiting her sick mother, she agrees to interview Tui at the local police station.
This starts very slowly, it takes a while for the plot to start. Robyn Malcolm turns up with a strange American accent and Holly Hunter is almost unrecognizable. Her natural Texas twang subverted, so we never find out where she is supposed to come from.
The first crime is a nasty killing by the local thug and his boys. Then the main character Tui is with the police and her pregnancy revealed.
By the end of the episode things become intriguing and engaging.
Elizabeth Moss (as Robin Griffin)