In 2013, when Jane Campion’s TOP OF THE LAKE first aired, I tried but failed to watch it. In the first episode, detective Robin Griffin is visiting her hometown in New Zealand, and begins investigating the case of a pregnant twelve-year-old girl, Tui, who has tried to end her own life. Robin visits the girl’s father in his remote hilltop house, suspecting him, amongst others, of having raped Tui. When she started to talk to the intimidating, unpleasant man, I had to turn it off. I couldn’t stomach another TV programme about brutalised girls. I couldn’t bear holding out to see if the sexual abuse might be treated in a way that wasn’t titillating or voyeuristic.
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