New Zealand TV: ‘The Almighty Johnsons’ vs. ‘Top of the Lake’

2012 was the year of Danish TV for me, with The Killing gluing me to my screen, but 2013 was the year for New Zealand to impress. Three seasons of The Almighty Johnsons (IMDB) and the mini-series Top of the Lake (IMDB) have left me eager for more.

 

Top of the Lake

 

 

Starkly beautific natural rural landscapes are juxtaposed with the sheer ugliness of past and present events in the town ironically called ‘Paradise’. One shock after another is delivered like a punch to the gut. Answers are few to begin with. At the end of each episode you’re left pondering the possibilities: rape, paedophilia, drugs, people trafficking, kidnapping, paternity. And everything and everyone is completely fucked up.

 

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