Screeenwriter, producer and novelist Gerard Lee met Jane Campion in film school. The chance meeting sparked a lifelong friendship and artistic collaboration between the pair, beginning with her debut film Sweetie and most recently their TV series Top Of The Lake. Nominated for an astounding eight Emmy's, the detective drama is one of the most creative and fiercely original pieces of television to grace screens in the past decade. Sharing the creator and writing credits with Campion, Lee sat down with Graffiti With Punctuation to talk about a refreshingly recent Five Star Film and his five reasons for choosing it. The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)

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Ryan Gosling

“Ryan Gosling seems to have introduced a new style of acting that those younger guys seems to be taking up. In Half Nelson he gave a very subtle performance.”

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The twists

“That’s the whole thing cinema can do through action – it can take the breath out of you. That’s what I’m interested in.”

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That scene

"I love Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Gosling dancing with the dog. It’s worth seeing the whole through just for that scene. It's beautfiul."

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The unconventional narrative

"It’s very interesting structurally. It’s three short stories put together. I think there will be others that copy that."

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Ryan Gosling (again)

“He’s really good. I couldn’t believe it.”

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Top Of The Lake is available to rent or buy on DVD now.

Sydney, Australia. Getting her start as a police reporter, her writing on pop culture has appeared in publications such as the New York Post, Guardian, Penthouse, The Daily Mail, Empire Magazine, Gizmodo, Huffington Post, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, i09, Junkee and many more. Previously seen as a presenter on SBS Viceland’s nightly news program The Feed and as the host of Cleverfan on ABC, she has been a journalist for over 15 years.

Her best-selling debut novel Who's Afraid? was published in 2016, followed by its sequel Who’s Afraid Too? in 2017, which was nominated for Best Horror Novel at the Aurealis Awards in 2018. Who’s Afraid? is being developed for television by the Emmy and BAFTA award-winning Hoodlum Entertainment. Her Young Adult debut, It Came From The Deep, was released globally on October 31, Halloween, 2017 and is a twist on The Little Mermaid meets Creature From The Black Lagoon.

Her fourth book, The Witch Who Courted Death, was released on Halloween, 2018 and nominated for Best Fantasy Novel at the Aurealis Awards in 2019. Her fifth novel set within the share supernatural universe is due for release in October, 2019.