Top of the Lake’s short shoot


Filming of TV Series Top of the Lake is back in Queenstown, giving locals the chance of their 15 seconds of fame.

Producer Philippa Campbell confirms leading lady Elisabeth Moss is back in New Zealand.

But she’s not being joined by Hollywood A-lister Nicole Kidman, whose scenes have already been shot in Sydney.

It’s understood key crew members and some of the cast would be filming in and around the Wakatipu for a few days, with local extras also being involved.

Campbell says it’s “great to be back where the story began”.

The first Jane Campion-directed mini-series was shot over 18 weeks in 2012 and was done entirely on location in Queenstown and Glenorchy.

Filming of the second season, entitled China Girl, which began earlier this year, is largely based across the ditch. 

Campbell says the cast and crew are “thrilled to be back in NZ to shoot a short sequence” for the second season.

“As we recced a forest location today, a robin came to welcome us in the kind of magical moment that this beautiful region is so renowned for.”

The first season starred Moss as Robin Griffin, a detective investigating the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old girl.

It aired in 2013 and was nominated for eight Emmys, winning best cinematography for a TV movie or miniseries, and Moss won a Golden Globe for her performance.

Filming for the latest season of Top of the Lake is scheduled to premiere on BBC Two in the United Kingdom in 2017 with six one-hour episodes, which will be screened by BBC UKTV in NZ.

Moss is joined by Kidman, Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie, David Dencik (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures) and Ewen Leslie (The Daughter).

Earlier this year, the NZ Herald reported Top of the Lake’s second season picked up four years on from season one when the unidentified body of an Asian girl washes up on Sydney’s Bondi Beach.

“The case seems hopeless, until detective Robin Griffin discovers that China Girl didn’t die alone,” a plot brief says.

Queenstown’s council has already warned on social media about 40 slots in its Boundary St carpark would be unavailable for public use today.

The post says parks were reserved for “a film crew making an episode for an upcoming series”.

Otago Daily Times