Ewen Leslie joins Top of the Lake, Ariel Kleiman to co-direct with Jane Campion

Top of the Lake.

Shooting has begun in Sydney on the second season of Jane Campion's Top of the Lake, with Partisan's Ariel Kleiman stepping in as co-director in place of Lion's Garth Davis, who co-helmed season one.

The second series begins four years after the first, with Elisabeth Moss' Detective Robin Griffin now working in Sydney. 

Joining Moss are Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Ewen Leslie (The Daughter), David Dencik (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, We Are The Best!) and Campion's daughter, Alice Englert, now a director in her own right.

Gerard Lee, of Sweetie and Top of the Lake season one, has again written the scripts with Campion, while it's unclear if DoP Adam Arkapaw, hot off Justin Kurzel's Assasin's Creed, will also return.

“I’m so excited to be back in Australia working with Jane on exploring this wonderful character", Moss said. "I can’t wait for audiences to see where we take Robin’s journey”.

Christie said that “Jane Campion has been a major creative influence throughout my life and I could not feel more privileged to be working on the next installment of her unique and enthralling drama, alongside the brilliant Elisabeth Moss.”

Season two will premiere first on BBC Two next year, then on SundanceTV. Episodes will also be available on Hulu after they premiere on SundanceTV. 

Campion serves as executive producer with See-Saw’s Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Jamie Laurenson, alongside Lucy Richer for the BBC. 

Philippa Campbell and Libby Sharpe are the producers.