Category: Top of the Lake

Press: What’s Next for Westeros, Gwendoline Christie and Her Empowering Brienne of Tarth

 

NEWSWEEK – “I’m Gwen,” she says, as if she could be anyone else. Gwendoline Christie is tall. This won’t come as a surprise to fans of Game of Thrones, the show that features the 38-year-old actor as the dutiful and fearless warrior Brienne of Tarth. And yet, when meeting Christie on a Friday morning in the rooftop bar of a London music venue, the full 6 foot 3 inches of her can still take you aback, even without her character’s coat of armor.

 

For the uninitiated, Game of Thrones is based on George R.R. Martin’s wildly popular fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, of which there are five novels, with two more planned. The books are set in a vaguely medieval world on fictional continents where the leaders of seven kingdoms battle the undead, dragons and one another for the exceedingly uncomfortable-looking Iron Throne. Since the show’s premiere in 2011, it has won more Emmy Awards than any other scripted series in history (38 to date), kept Reddit and social media ticking with memes and theories, and inspired all manner of online debate—over excessive violence (heads chopped off, girls burned alive, men castrated) and gratuitous sex (the rape of one character in particular).

 

But the 23 million viewers (on average) who watch each episode come for the unusually large number of indelible characters—like Lena Headey’s power-mad Queen Cersei; the brooding, putative hero, Jon Snow (Kit Harington); and Brienne.

 

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Jane Campion’s Croisette Return With ‘Top Of The Lake’: “Anything Seen On A Big Screen Is Right For This Festival”

 

DEADLINE – It’d have been hard to guess, going into Cannes, that by far the most entertaining of my Croisette interviews would be with Jane Campion, and her Top of the Lake: China Girl cast. After all, the first season of Top of the Lake was dark, following Elisabeth Moss’s Robin Griffin, a tortured detective investigating the pregnancy and disappearance of a 12-year-old girl. And Moss had prepped me, ahead of the festival, that China Girl was darker still, opening with a prostitute’s body shoved into a suitcase, pushed over a cliff.

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Gallery: “Top of the Lake: China Girl” Screening – London

  

 

 

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Gwendoline Christie Says Game of Thrones Is About to Get Really Intense

 
ELLE – According the new Game of Thrones trailer, “The great war is here.” Well, not quite—the HBO show won’t return until July 16. Luckily, we ran into Gwendoline Christie at the Cannes Film Festival, and she gave us a few tidbits to keep us going.

 

“Season seven is where things really start to heat up,” Christie said, “and you start to see unlikely combinations, unlikely attitudes, and unlikely acts.” She also confessed she’s having a hard time with the show coming to an end sometime soon. “I’m not really dealing with it,” she said, laughing. “I mean, we all know with GoT that, each season, part of the fun is you don’t know what characters are going to live or die.” We sure hope she isn’t hinting that our beloved warrior Brienne of Tarth might get the hatchet.

 

The actress also confirmed that there will be another season after this one, so there’s hope she’ll last long enough for that. “I believe there will be an eighth season,” she said, “and what I will say is I have loved the experience of working on that show…I’ve made some wonderful friendships out of it, so hopefully I’ll be able to keep those.”

 

Christie is in Cannes to promote her new show, the second season of Top of the Lake, which costars Elisabeth Moss, as detective Robin Griffin, and Nicole Kidman. The first season was set in New Zealand, but this time around the action has moved to Sydney, and there’s a whole new mystery to solve. Christie plays Griffin’s police partner, Miranda, who is nothing like the immovable, confident Brienne of GoT or Christie’s Star Wars character, Captain Phasma. Instead, Miranda’s a slightly unhinged fangirl type who seems a bit lost. “She’s struggling with everything,” Christie said. “She’s struggling with life, and not being very good at anything at all, and that interested me.”
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Gallery: More Cannes Events & a Portrait

   
   
 

 

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Gallery: “Top of the Lake” Photocall at 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Here’s the first group of pics from the photocall. I’m still gathering them and will add more as I get them.

 

   
 

 

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“Top of the Lake: China Girl” Trailer!

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I’m totally shipping Tormund/Brienne now. Anyone else?!? Ha! Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones was amazing. Melisandre looked afraid of Brienne when she boldly told her that she killed Stannis yet Tormund was completely impressed by her. That’s going to be an interesting party headed to Winterfell assuming Ser Davos and Melisandre joins Brienne, Sansa, and Jon.

 

Thanks to Far Far Away for the Game of Thrones stills!

 

 
 

 

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First Look at Gwendoline in Top of the Lake 2

Here are some photos that were taking of Gwendoline and her co-stars filming Top of the Lake. It seems strange to see Gwendoline filming in modern day street clothes!

 

 

 

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Top of the Lake series two set for 2017 release

RAPID TV NEWS – Filming on the second series of Jane Campion’s critically acclaimed drama Top of the Lake is underway, in a co-production between the BBC, Foxtel, See-Saw Films and SundanceTV.

 

Gwendoline Christie Paul Scala Headshot 2The six part crime-mystery, directed by Campion, will see Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss reprise her Golden Globe winning role in the Australian series. She will be joined by Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones and Star Wars: The Force Awakes).

 

“I am so delighted to be working on Top of the Lake Season Two. Jane Campion has been a major creative influence throughout my life and I could not feel more privileged to be working on the next instalment of her unique and enthralling drama, alongside the brilliant Elisabeth Moss,” said Gwendoline Christie.

 

Also joining the cast for season two are David Dencik (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell) and Ewen Leslie (The Daughter).

 

The series is being made by See-Saw Films for BBC Two in co-production with BBC First and Foxtel in Australia, BBC UKTV in New Zealand and SundanceTV in the US and in association with Hulu in the US, ARTE in France and BBC Worldwide.

 

“We believe season two will continue to thrill and enthral audiences worldwide. The fact that we have been able to bring back broadcast partners from different corners of the world is a testament to the quality of the show and Jane’s extraordinary talent. We are delighted that our previous partners on Series One did not hesitate to board the second series to help bring to the world this stand-out drama,” said Jamie Laurenson and Hakan Kousetta from See-Saw Films.

 

Top of the Lake Season Two: China Girl will premiere in Australia on BBC First through pay-TV platform Foxtel in 2017.

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