Last October producers See-Saw confirmed that a second season of Top of the Lake would go ahead, with American actress Elizabeth Moss returning as lead Robin Griffin. The story, however, won’t return to the Otago landscapes that garnered much praise and interest internationally.
Season 2 will stick very close to home, setting its story and shooting next year in See-Saw’s hometown, Sydney.
The benefits of season one are necessarily over for Otago, however. Overseas clients had finally moved on from Lord of the Rings and production companies in Queenstown began receiving treatments specifying “the Top of the Lake location look/feel”. Projects enquiring about that look which did end up shooting here included part of Vodafone’s long-running CallYa campaign and the launch film for BMW’s X5.
After shooting Top of the Lake around Queenstown See-Saw also brought John Maclean’s Slow West to the South Island, following which producer Rachel Gardner joined See-Saw in Sydney.
Top of the Lake 2 is again written by Campion and Gerard Lee and will go into pre-production in December, according to Aussie screen industry publication Inside Film.