Monday, 19 August 2013

Top of the Lake DVD Release and Competition

From Oscar® winning writer/director Jane Campion and the Oscar® winning producers of The King’s Speech, Top of the Lake is a powerful and haunting mystery story set at the edge of the world starring Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), David Wenham (Lord of the Rings), Peter Mullan (War Horse) and Holly Hunter (The Piano). Top of the Lake BBC DVD and Blu Ray release is available from 19th August and comes with exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew.
Top of the Lake begins with a mystery - Tui, a 12 year old girl, walks chest deep into the freezing waters of an alpine lake in New Zealand. She is five months pregnant and won’t say who the father is. Then she disappears. 
Robin Griffin is a gutsy but inexperienced detective called in to investigate. But as Robin becomes more and more obsessed with the search for Tui, she slowly begins to realise that finding Tui is tantamount to finding herself - a self she has kept well hidden. 
Set against one of the most amazing and untouched landscapes left on the planet, Top of the Lake is a powerful and haunting story about our search for happiness where the dream of paradise attracts it’s dark twin, the fall.

From the very first second, this TV series takes you on a journey to the beautiful landscapes of New Zealand. The first scene is very haunting as Tue, 12 years old, begins to walk into a lake. Thankfully she is rescued, but it is not until she is taken to a hospital that the frightening truth begins to unfold, she has been raped and is five months pregnant. 

Added to the poignancy of the first scene is the silence. As the viewer watches this young girl walking into the lake, water up to her neck, you could hear a pin drop until suddenly a woman's voice breaks the silence, trying to stop the girl from continuing to walk further and deeper into the water.

A local women is contacted to lead the police investigation. A career orientated woman who had left her hometown to further her career in the police force, however has returned due to the ill health of her mother. It soon becomes clear that Detective Robin Griffin actually left the hometown because of more than just a new job oppurtunity. As the series progress, viewers soon see that not is all as it seems in the village. 

An area of land, called The Paradise, is believed by some locals to be an area on which no one should step, however a women's refuge is set up on the land, a small commune where women live in 

I found the script writers to be very clever; in parts the dialogue was at a mimimum, almost silence for minutes, but then in others there was lots, all adding to the mysterious air that seemed to be throughout the series.

I was unsure if I liked the series after watching the first episode, however by the end of episode 2 I was hooked until the last episode.  There were twists and turns throughout the series which was cleverly written and although some may have been foreseen, many came as a shock which all added to the series draw. 

The series is set in beautiful scenery and coupling this with fantastic script writers has made this a series that should be watched by anyone who enjoys a good drama. 

The box set also contains extra behind the scenes interviews with both cast and crew which are well worth a watch.  The high calibre cast list and Oscar winning writer all add to the excellence of this series, one which I am sure will be shortlisted for awards in the coming year.

Thank you to The Big Shot for sending me the series to review.

The box set DVD can be bought from both Amazon and Itunes
It is also avaliable on Blu Ray from Amazon Blu Ray

The lovely people at The Big Shot have offered a copy of this fantastic series on DVD to one of my blog followers.

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  1. Not sure if I've done these entries properly. Following you and Rt'd

  2. I'd love to win this Sarah, thanks for the chance!

  3. Me too Sarah - thanks for offering it up!