New Zealand International Film Festival

Top of the Lake: China Girl

30 JUL 2017 — Mystery, Drama



New Zealand International Film Festival


ASB Waterfront Theatre


350 minutes + intermissions of 15 minutes and 45 minutes


R16 Violence, offensive language, sex scenes & content that may disturb

Australia/UK 2017

Jane Campion made history at Cannes again this year with Top of the Lake: China Girl, one of the first two television shows ever to premiere on the official programme. We are delighted to provide NZIFF audiences the same rare opportunity to see one of the year’s most anticipated series before its television premiere on UKTV on SKY. Join us to experience Top of the Lake: China Girl in one glorious day of enthralling giant screen entertainment.

The new series, written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, and directed by Campion and Ariel Kleiman, is a crime mystery that finds Detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) recently returned to Sydney and trying to rebuild her life. When the body of a young Asian woman washes up on Bondi Beach, there appears little hope of finding the killer, until Robin realises ‘China Girl’ didn’t die alone. 

“Campion, along with director Ariel Kleiman and co-writer Gerard Lee, has crafted a monumental latticework of emotional threads, seamlessly weaving together dozens of different characters into an intimate epic that touches upon everything from sex work and surrogacy to patriarchy in the digital age and the instinctive push towards parenthood…

This is such an astonishing miniseries in large part because of how well it pays off its pathos; by the end, even the most outlandish of subplots are resolved with a profoundly moving emotional flourish… It’s an overwhelmingly ambitious and unforgettably thoughtful piece of fiction that’s told with the lightest of touches – you won’t believe how fast the whole thing zips by, or the dark laughs it inspires along the way – and brought to life by a cast that lacks a single weak link.” — David Ehrlich, Indiewire

Top of The Lake: China Girl is produced by See-Saw Films for UKTV and SKY in New Zealand.

Presented by SKY and UKTV


Jane Campion

Director/Executive Producer/Screenplay

Ariel Kleiman


Emile Sherman

Executive Producer

Ian Canning

Executive Producer

Jamie Laurenson

Executive Producer

Philippa Campbell


Libby Sharpe


Gerard Lee


Germain McMicking


Alexandre De Franceschi


Scott Gray


Mark Bradshaw



Elisabeth Moss

Gwendoline Christie

David Dencik

Ewen Leslie

Alice Englert

Nicole Kidman


Price Range - Booking fees may apply $40.00 - $45.00

Halsey St Kitchen.

Special offering during Top of the Lake: China Girl.

During the 45-minute interval of Top of the Lake: China Girl, have your dinner at Halsey St Kitchen. Book in your meal by Thursday 27 July, and have your meal waiting for you when the interval starts. Call 09 632 1962 to book.

2 course set menu $39


Citrus cured salmon, wasabi crème fraiche, pickled cucumber (GF)

Roast carrot salad, rocket, haloumi, truffle oil (GF) (V)


Braised beef cheek, mustard mash, bread & butter pickles (GF)

Dukkha spiced chicken, warm couscous salad & chimichurri

 (please ask about our vegetarian options)