Top Of The Lake (2013) is a seven episode TV miniseries written by Jane Campion and Gerald Lee and directed by Campion and Garth Davis. It is the story of a 12 year old missing girl (a breakout performance by Jacqueline Joe) by a Detective (the always excellent Elisabeth Moss of Mad Men fame) with a history in the region. The directors' use of the magnificent natural backdrop almost amounts to a character, which recalls the isolation of David Lynch's Twin Peaks. However, there is more than a nod to Lynch in the story, music, and execution. But it is more of an homage, because it still feels very distinctly rooted in the rural region of New Zealand. The the ferocious wilderness, the vast freezing lake, and the heavy New Zealand accents. There are several other elements that make it distinct; one is the arrival of something of a healer and mystic named, CJ (played by Holly Hunter), and her band of female misfits, who have an alarming propensity to get naked throughout the series-some sort of taking back "realistic" female nudity? Their presence is important to the story without becoming central in itself. So it's more than just a whodunit, an excellent whodunit that keeps you guessing until the end--it also looks as loss, overcoming hardship, living with painful memories, and learning how to survive. There are several excellent performances from other characters in the story from the children to the many suspect males in the community that is lorded over by Matt Mitcham (the excellent Peter Mullan). David Whenham is also excellent as the slick and slippery Dect. Al Parker. It is certainly one of the best shows of 2013, cinematic in its execution of the fascinating story. It is highly compelling TV.