Wellington Scoop

Jane Campion’s six-hour TV series to premiere at film festival next month

News from NZIFF
The festival’s first-ever premiere of a long form television series has been announced today for the New Zealand International Film Festival which starts in Wellington at the end of next month.

Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake: China Girl, presented by UKTV and Sky, a six-part television series screening later this year on UKTV, will premiere in full at the NZIFF in Wellington and then Auckland.

“For the first time we welcome a long-form television series to the giant screens at NZIFF, and it’s the most enthralling six hours I have spent in front of a screen this year. We can promise you an immersive experience, and due to the six-hour duration the screenings will have two intermissions,” says NZIFF Director Bill Gosden.

Top of the Lake: China Girl (Wellington premiere, then Auckland)
Jane Campion’s next instalment sees Detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) returning to Sydney and trying to rebuild her life. When the body of an Asian girl washes up on Bondi Beach, there appears little hope of finding the killer, until Robin realises ‘China Girl’ didn’t die alone.

“With its sharp writing, superior cast, evocative locations, seductively seamy subject matter and delicious performances, Top of the Lake is decidedly back in a major way.” – Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter.


Premieres of more new New Zealand films are also confirmed for Wellington:

Waru, a striking gathering of eight different stories centred around a tangi.
Human Traces, the debut feature from Nic Gorman.
Jackie van Beek’s debut feature, The Inland Road, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February.
Toa Fraser’s 6 Days, a NZ/UK co-production starring Jamie Bell and Abbie Cornish.

Eight stories are threaded together on the morning of a tangi for a young boy killed by his stepfather. Told through the eyes of eight different female filmmakers and each shot in one continuous take.

Human Traces
Director/Screenplay: Nic Gorman
Shot on location against the rugged backdrop of the Canterbury and Otago coasts, this atmospheric Kiwi thriller marks a confident calling card for its up-and-coming writer-director.

6 Days
Director: Toa Fraser
Kiwi filmmaker Toa Fraser showcases his action chops on the world stage with this true-story hostage thriller set in 1980s London. Starring Jamie Bell, Mark Strong and Abbie Cornish.

The Inland Road
Director/Screenplay: Jackie van Beek
A runaway girl explores unsteady paths of emotional rescue with a young Central Otago family in writer/director Jackie van Beek’s gentle and lyrically filmed debut feature.
“This sensitively observed drama is shot through with kindness, compassion and compelling stillness.” — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

New Zealand feature-length documentaries have previously been announced for the NZIFF this year: My Year With Helen from director Gaylene Preston; Florian Habicht’s Spookers; Annie Goldson’s Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web; Paul Wolffram’s What Lies That Way; Robin Greenberg’s Team Tibet: Home away from Home; Head Like A Hole biopic Swagger of Thieves; No Ordinary Sheila by Hugh Macdonald; Shirley Horrock’s tenth documentary Free Theatre; Toa Fraser’s The Free Man with Jossi Wells; Andrea Bosshard’s Kobi; Simon Ogston’s Bill Direen: A Memory of Others; and Paul Oremlan’s most memorable shags in 100 Men.

NZ films at NZIFF are proudly supported by Resene. NZIFF is run by a charitable trust and encourages lively interactions between films, filmmakers and New Zealand audiences in 13 towns and cities around the country. The full NZIFF programme will be available online from Monday 26 June 7pm, and on Wellington streets from Friday 30 June. NZIFF starts in Wellington on 28 July.

Tickets for the Wellington screening of Top of the Lake: China Girl will go on sale on Thursday 6 July at 10am.