Jane Campion said she was noticing more work from the “sisterhood” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Top of the Lake, the second series of the BBC Two crime drama, is particularly focused on women and motherhood, starring Elisabeth Moss as a detective searching for the daughter she had adopted at birth.Gwendoline Christie, the Game of Thrones actress, stars as her police sidekick, while Nicole Kidman takes the role of her daughter’s “radical lesbian feminist” adoptive mother.The storyline explores the exploitation of Asian sex workers in Sydney, Australia, and the “intense relationship” between children and mothers of all kinds.Campion said she had built the show around a topic that is “particularly female”, joking she hoped it felt “not just feminist but fallopian” in its dedication to the woman’s perspective. Asked whether she felt the issue of the lack of women in film was dropping off the agenda, she said: “It’s not off my agenda. I’m fricking fed up.“What I feel I want to do is keep doing good work. I’m noticing there is a lot of really interesting female-oriented work.“I’m actually seeing a bit of a change, I’m seeing more sisterhood coming at me you know?“I do feel like it’s been a cultural problem [but] I think we’ll be cracking it pretty soon.” The Top of the Lake team in Cannes, with Gerard Lee second from the rightCredit:AFP Director Ariel Kleiman, Nicole Kidman, Gerard Lee, Alice Englert, Jane Campion, Elisabeth Moss, Gwendoline Christie, David Dencik, Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Libby Sharp and Philippa Campbell in Cannes Nicole Kidman stars as a “radical feminist lesbian” and adoptive mother Risking the wrath of his female colleagues, Lee added: “I think it’s a complicated problem because if you sort of force feminist ideology into a story or a film funding bodies policy, the danger is you’re going to get a story where you can predict the end.“‘The woman’s going to succeed again’.”Campion replied: “That’s not true. That’s complete rubbish.“You could change this overnight, you just have to give 50 per cent of public funding to women.” The team behind Top of the Lake: China Girl – including Jane Campion and Elisabeth Moss – joined us following last night’s TV Preview pic.twitter.com/rSfQezFMoE— BFI (@BFI) May 31, 2017 It has been the cause célèbre of the film and television world for years now, as any Hollywood star worth her salt protests the need for more women in front of and behind the camera.But forcing a “feminist ideology” into films and television shows could have an unintended consequence, the co-writer of a BBC drama has said, as he warns it could make the endings too predictable.Gerard Lee, who wrote Top of the Lake with the award-winning Jane Campion, suggested an insistence on proving feminist credentials to get films funded would leave viewers shortchanged, being able to guess the ending when women end up on top.Speaking at a screening of Top of the Lake at the BFI, Campion called his view “complete rubbish”. Lee also poked fun at his own co-written script, telling Moss and Christie in jest of their on-screen investigation: “When we were writing those parts, you were actually supposed to be out finding out who killed that girl.“[instead] You spent a lot of time talking about your personal issues.“I was just comparing our show to something like NCIS.“Why don’t these women actually sort of look for clues? It’s all baby talk!” Campion, the only female director to win the Palme d’Or in Cannes, said the industry could change for the better overnight if 50 per cent of all public funding for film was given to women film-makers.In 2014, the BFI introduced a “three tick” diversity scheme, requiring filmmakers asking for funding to prove they paid enough attention to women, black and minority ethnic people, the disabled and LGBT staff.Directors UK has called for half of all public funding to go to female-led projects by 2020, backed by Creative England. Elisabeth Moss in character as Robin Griffin Campion reiterated her call for an all-female jury for one year of the Cannes Film Festival, saying it would force producers to finally consider what women enjoyed and admired on screen.Top of the Lake, she said, was intended to be about the “very fraught”, “intense relationship” of motherhood, comparing the bonds formed between women over the grief of miscarriage to the bonds men form in war.Top of the Lake: China Girl will be on BBC Two later in the year.