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