Jane Campion’s drama Top of the Lake returns to our screens this week and season two, dubbed China Girl like Iggy Pop and David Bowie’s song, promises to be darker and deeper than the last outing. Remember season one focused on the disappearance of a pregnant twelve-year-old girl in a freezing lake, so by that yeardstick season two is going to be pretty fucking dark then.
Star Elisabeth Moss explains “The first series was about the wilderness outside and the second one is about the wilderness within.” As such, action has been transplanted from the breathtaking landscape and small-town mentality of season one’s remote New Zealand mountains to gritty Sydney. Incidentally, I briefly lived on the street in Bondi which appears at 1:06 in the trailer!
After a four year wait, season two’s storyline will revolve around sex trafficking, prostitution and an immigration loophole which enables Australian brothels to import sex workers via student visa programs. If you didn’t know Sydney was this murky, you’ve obviously never had a night out in King’s Cross!
Joining Moss as Detective Robin Griffin is nine-foot tall Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma from Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Officer Miranda Hilmarson and Nicole Kidman who, from the looks of things, maybe adopted Robin’s daughter.
Season one was a remarkable, unsettling and beautiful piece of television and judging from the trailer, China Girl looks to continue in the same mold, with more hard-hitting, personal stakes and higher octane action.
Top Of The Lake: China Girl debuts on Thursday, 27th July at 9 pm on BBC2.