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Sundance Channel Goes Miniseries: Top of the Lake Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | February 27, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | February 27, 2013 |

I’m not even sure I knew that the Sundance Channel existed, but I’m definitely sure that I don’t get it. Maybe you do with your fancy entertainment packages with satellite bajingos and seven channels just for midget golf. If that’s the case, you might be interested in knowing that the channel has picked up Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake, which debuted as a seven hour long film at Sundance this year, and will be running it as a mini-series starting on March 18.

Here’s the trailer, which has a lot of guns, tense performances, and a lot of accents to top it off. I found the accents funny if only because while reading about the film before watching the trailer, I kept saying the title to myself in a posh British accent a la “top of the morning.”

Good stuff. I know she’s done all sorts of fantastic acting after “The West Wing”, including the run on “Mad Men”, but I still can’t help thinking of Elisabeth Moss as Zoe Bartlett.

And here’s the obligatory plot description that uses way too many adjectives and attempts to make every sentence into its own quotable phrase, which has the effect of rendering the prose unreadable:

12 years old and 5 months pregnant, Tui Mitcham walks into a freezing lake … then disappears. Detective Robin Griffin returns home to investigate, but it’s not a simple missing persons case. In this breathtaking but remote mountain town, there are evil forces as powerful as the land itself. And those who offer a glimpse of paradise also provide a path to hell. Trapped where happiness and honest work are just out of reach, Griffin must not only find the girl but also face her own haunting past. With the men that she once left behind now standing in her way, every step closer to solving the case unearths a dangerous truth about herself.

My guess? She was taken by a Yeti, which retrospectively justifies the US government issuing regulations in 1959 for the hunting of the abominable snowman.

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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