Shooting Top of the Lake

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February 2012 was a big month for me, my best friend was getting married, my brother turned 40 and I missed both because I was shooting Top of the Lake in Queenstown.

Owing to my freshly re-established ‘Stardom’, my best friend and brother were very gracious about my inability to attend either momentous event, because they understood how demanding shooting a TV series can be and how much it meant to me personally to be working with such incredible talent both in front of and behind the cameras.

Shooting Top of the Lake

Top of the Lake was a truly inspiring experience and has so far been the best job I have ever had.  The photos shown are from our last day shooting and I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a dry eye to be seen!

I think that Jane knew that filming the ‘funeral’ scene was a good idea as our last day shoot because we spent the whole day crying our eyes out anyway!

It was a tragic scene to film because the character of ‘Luke’ had died in a brutal and shocking manner, and the script was harrowing for us as actors to portray, which is why crying and the funeral scene was a stroke of genius by Jane Campion!

Funeral Scenes

The hugely talented Georgi Kaye sang and played guitar, her mournful tones resounding through Paradise…all in all, a brilliant yet very sad day.

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I’m Sarah Valentine, I have been working in the Film and TV industry for over 20 years, from Production to Casting to Acting. I currently own two Talent Agencies and work as an Actor. I am also an expert in Accent Coaching for Actors.

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