Can We Talk About How Damn Good Top Of The Lake Is?

Jane Campion's tale of a pregnant 12-year-old gone missing in a town full of secrets provides a raw look at complicated and often frustrating sexism and gender dynamics, and the never-ending ramifications of unexamined sexual assault. It's riveting TV. Like, if you don't watch the whole 7-part miniseries in under two… » 8/05/13 10:30pm 8/05/13 10:30pm

Elisabeth Moss Was Nervous About Doing Onscreen Nudity For The First…

While we wait with '50s cocktails and bated breath for the last season of Mad Men, Elisabeth Moss shot Jane Campion's new Sundance Channel miniseries Top Of the Lake, in which she played a hard-boiled female detective and "damaged fortysomething women sleep in shipping crates." Sounds like my mom's house. » 1/26/13 3:00pm 1/26/13 3:00pm

Jane Campion Is Depressingly Practical About Female Directors

New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion, only the second of four women nominated for an Academy Award in directing (for Holly Hunter-starring The Piano), directs epic, offbeat, female-driven films about mortality and sexuality. Her 1987 directorial debut, Sweetie, was recently released by the Criterion Collection. Please… » 1/26/13 12:30pm 1/26/13 12:30pm

Nora Ephron: "When You Direct A Movie, What You Are Is A Director, Not…

In light of certain godly invocations within the actor-director dynamic, we wondered just yesterday what difference, if any, the gender of the director made in all this. The Daily Beast takes a stab at the question today. » 1/13/10 9:30am 1/13/10 9:30am