In 1993 writer/director Jane Campion
won an Oscar for her screenplay The Piano
. This film was not your typical Hollywood drama. It was a little off-center. Some thought it a little too quirky.
If you like quirky, you'll love this BBC 7-episode miniseries: Top of the Lake
which was directed by Campion. It stars Mad Men's Elizabeth Moss
as a damaged Australian homicide detective, who while visiting her cancer-ridden mother, is assigned to investigate the disappearence of a 13-yr old girl who has a deeply imbedded secret.
The performances are top-notch. . .especially those by Academy Award winner Holly Hunter
and War Horse's Peter Mullan
. The scenery is breathtaking and the humor is ebony. This program is the equivalent of a page-turner. Make certain that you have plenty of popcorn before putting it into the DVD player.