SUNDANCE CHANNEL TO SHOWCASE THEIR PRIMETIME EMMY(R) NOMINATED MINISERIES WITH MARATHON AIRINGS OF "TOP OF THE LAKE" (JULY 28) AND "RESTLESS" (JULY 31)
NEW YORK, July 22, 2013 - On the heels of receiving a record 10 Prime Time Emmy(R) nominations for its miniseries "Top of the Lake" and "Restless", Sundance Channel is offering viewers an opportunity to enjoy back-to-back episodes of both critically-acclaimed series. The seven-part, "Top of the Lake" marathon will air on July 28th from 1pm -8pm ET/PT, and the two-part "Restless" marathon will begin with the first two-hour installment airing July 31st at 8pm ET/PT, followed immediately by part two beginning at 10:00pm ET/PT.
The powerful and haunting, "Top of the Lake," which originally premiered in March of this year, received eight nominations, including a category nomination for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie and acting noms for Elisabeth Moss and Peter Mullan. Following the series' premiere LA Weekly raved: "It could very well be the best work of their careers."
The classic mythic struggle written and directed by Oscar(R) winner Jane Campion (The Piano, Portrait of a Lady) centers on the disappearance of a 12-year-old named Tui who is five months pregnant. Elisabeth Moss stars as Robin Griffin, the investigative detective who must lose herself in order to find the missing girl. During the investigation, she collides with Matt Mitcham (Peter Mullan), Tui's father, a local drug lord, and G.J. (Hunter), a guru at a local women's camp. As the case unfolds, in a paradise where honest work is hard to find, Robin finds that her limits are tested, sending her on a journey of self-discovery.
"Restless," Sundance Channel's riveting miniseries which premiered in December of 2012, garnered nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie for Charlotte Rampling and Outstanding Music Composition For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special. Touted by the Associated Press as "a deliciously suspenseful spy thriller " the miniseries was described by The Hollywood Reporter as "superb...with an excellent cast and a stirring story... with enough intrigue, deceit, twists and lingering suspicions to lure you into its web."
Based on the novel penned by celebrated award-winning contemporary British novelist William Boyd, "Restless" depicts the thrilling story of a daughter who discovers that her mother was recruited as a spy during World War II. An enthralling story of wartime espionage, love and betrayal, "Restless" lifts the lid on one of the last secrets of World War II.
A full list of Sundance Channel's Prime Time Emmy(R) nominations can be found below:
Outstanding Miniseries or Movie - "Top of the Lake"
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie - Elisabeth Moss "Top of the Lake"
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie - Peter Mullan "Top of the Lake
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie - Charlotte Rampling "Restless"
Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special - Jane Campion and Gerard Lee "Top Of The Lake"
Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special - Jane Campion and Garth Davis "Top of the Lake"
Outstanding Casting For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special - Kirsty McGregor and Tina Cleary "Top of the Lake"
Outstanding Cinematography For A Miniseries Or Movie - Adam Arkapaw "Top Of The Lake" Part 1
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Miniseries Or A Movie - Alexandre de Franceschi and Scott Gray "Top Of The Lake" Part 5
Outstanding Music Composition For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special
(Original Dramatic Score) - Lorne David Balfe, "Restless" Part 2
Produced by Emmy Award winner Hilary Bevan Jones (State of Play, The Girl in the Café) under her shingle Endor Productions, directed by Edward Hall, and featuring a teleplay written by Boyd, the two compelling installments of "Restless" feature a world-renowned cast including Hayley Atwell ("Any Human Heart," Captain America) Rufus Sewell ("Pillars of the Earth," "Zen"), Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey", Anna Karenina), Michael Gambon ("Page Eight," Luck) and Charlotte Rampling (Melancholia, The Eye of the Storm). Filming took in South Africa and the UK.
"Restless" is made by Endor Productions in association with Sundance Channel for BBC One. Program is produced by Hilary Bevan Jones and Paul Frift for Endor and Executive Producers are William Boyd with Matthew Read for BBC and Christian Vesper for Sundance Channel.
About "Top of the Lake"
"Top of the Lake" is produced by Academy Award(R) winners Emile Sherman and Iain Canning (The King's Speech, Shame) of See-Saw Films, and Philippa Campbell (Black Sheep) of Escapade Pictures. The series stars Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men," On the Road); Oscar(R) winner Holly Hunter, BAFTA(R) nominee Peter Mullan (War Horse, Trainspotting), AFI Award(R) winning actor David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings, Australia), Lucy Lawless ("Xena: Warrior Princess," "Battlestar Galactica," "Spartacus: Vengeance") and Jacqueline Joe as Tiu. Australian director Garth Davis also joined Campion to work on the series, along with co-writer, Gerard Lee (Sweetie). "Top of the Lake" Executive Producer for Sundance Channel is Christian Vesper. "Top of the Lake" is co-produced by Sundance Channel, BBC TWO, and UKTV in Australia and New Zealand. BBC Worldwide distributes the television series internationally.
About Sundance Channel
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