Lightning Point

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Lightning Point
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Also known as Alien Surfgirls
Alien Surf Girls
Genre Teen drama
Science fiction
Fantasy
Created by Jonathan M. Shiff
Written by Simon Butters
Sam Carroll
Carine Chai
Max Dann
David Hannam
Anthony Morris
Chris Roache
Directed by Colin Budds
Evan Clarry
Starring Philippa Coulthard
Lucy Fry
Jessica Green
Kenji Fitzgerald
Paige Houden
Andrew James Morley
Theme music composer Pete Dacy & Jason Bond
Composer(s) Ricky Edwards & Ric Formosa
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jonathan M. Shiff
Julia Adams
Nicole Keeb
Arne Lohmann
Cherrie Bottger
Producer(s) Jonathan M. Shiff
Location(s) Gold Coast, Queensland
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Jonathan M. Shiff Productions
Distributor ZDF Enterprises
Broadcast
Original channel Network Ten
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original airing

22 June 2012 (2012-06-22) - 14 December 2012 (2012-12-14) (AUS)

29 May 2012 (2012-05-29) - 21 November 2012 (2012-11-21) (US)
External links
Website

Lightning Point is an Australian television teen drama set in the modern day with fantasy elements. It was filmed on location at the Gold Coast in 2011. The half hour series is produced by Jonathan M. Shiff for Network Ten in association with Nickelodeon and German public broadcaster ZDF. It was re-broadcast on Network Ten in Australia on 22 June 2012, and again on the same network from 5 July 2014.

The series was broadcast in the United States on TeenNick under the international title of Alien Surf Girls on 29 May 2012.,[1] and on Nickelodeon in the United Kingdom from 23 July 2012, also as Alien Surf Girls.[2]

It was announced by Jessica Green that the series will not return for a second series.[3]

Premise[edit]

When Zoey and Kiki, two irrepressible girls from another galaxy and world called Lumina become castaways in the quiet, Australian seaside town of Lightning Point after losing their spaceship, they recruit local girl Amber to keep them undercover. But the whole town is abuzz with the sightings of U.F.O.s, the girls' soon realize that they may not be the first intergalactic visitors on planet Earth. When the time comes, can they say farewell to a world as wonderful and beautiful as their own home world Lumina?

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Amber Mitchell (Philippa Coulthard) - Amber grew up in Lightning Point and her life was pretty normal until two alien girls from the otherworldy planet Lumina turned to her for help. Zoey and Kiki are unusual, unpredictable, and completely unaware how to fit in on Earth. Despite Amber's efforts to help them keep a low profile, Zoey and Kiki seem to attract attention everywhere they go. Amber lives with her mum, who works as a police sergeant, and their dog, Piper. She's best friends with Luca, but she doesn't share his obsession with aliens. When she's not teaching Zoey and Kiki how to act more human, Amber teaches little kids how to surf.
  • Zoey (Lucy Fry) - Zoey is smarter, wilder, and more impulsive than most Earth people, so she doesn't exactly blend into the crowd. She wants to be in control of every situation, but that's tricky on an unfamiliar planet. Zoey is naturally competitive, and she can't resist a challenge, so this daredevil surfer pushes herself to the limit on the waves. She instantly catches the attention of Brandon, the local surf star, and makes her first Earth enemy—his girlfriend, Madison.
  • Kiki (Jessica Green) - Kiki is new in town and new on the planet. Sensitive and curious, she's fascinated by Lightning Point, and wants to experience everything it has to offer. She loves connecting with nature (especially on a surfboard), and getting to know the local creatures, human and otherwise. She wants to understand what it really means to be human. Kiki often feels homesick for Lumina, but when she starts to fall for Amber's best friend, Luca, she realizes that staying on Earth a little longer might not be so bad.
  • Brandon Benedict (Andrew James Morley) - Outgoing and popular, Brandon is sort of a local celebrity. He's the best surfer in town—although Zoey's arrival in Lightning Point could change that. Brandon is fascinated by the mysterious new girl and her impressive surfing skills, and his girlfriend Madison takes an instant dislike to Zoey. He was adopted by the Benedicts after his parents died in a boat accident when he was a child. Brandon teases his brother Luca for believing in UFOs and space aliens.
  • Luca Benedict (Kenji Fitzgerald) - Luca is a bit of an outsider in Lightning Point. He doesn't surf and he has a keen interest in extraterrestrial alien life, which makes him an easy target for Brandon and his mates. Amber is the only person who really understands Luca; they have been best friends and neighbors since they were little. When Zoey and Kiki arrive, Luca witnesses signs of alien activity, and becomes determined to investigate. But as Luca and Kiki grow even more romantically closer, Luca's conviction about the presence of aliens becomes stronger.
  • Madison (Paige Houden) - Madison considers herself the hottest girl in Lightning Point, so she's not thrilled when two beautiful surfers named Kiki and Zoey show up on her turf. Madison is used to getting what she wants, and she's not about to let anything threaten her place in the social hierarchy. When Madison senses romantic sparks between her boyfriend, Brandon, and Zoey, she'll do anything to make Zoey look bad.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Olivia Mitchell (Simone Bennett-Smith) - Olivia is the local Police Sergeant and Amber's mother.
  • Liam (Reece Milne) - Liam is Brandon's friend, and enemies with Amber, Kiki and Zoey.
  • Gina (Da Yen Zheng) - Gina is Madison's best friend.
  • Mia (Lia Fisher) - Mia is the owner of the local diner.
  • Josh (Erin Mullally) - Josh is a boy who Amber has a crush on. He has a little brother named Sean.
  • Mr. Phillips (Anthony Standish) - Mr. Phillips is a high school teacher.
  • Piper the Dog (Java) - Piper is the local police dog and Amber's pet.
  • Bandit the Horse (Elmo) - Bandit is Luca's horse. Kiki finds a liking for him.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 26 22 June 2012 (2012-06-22) (AUS)
29 May 2012 (2012-05-29) (USA)
14 December, 2012 (AUS)
21 November, 2012 (USA)

International release dates[edit]

Country / Region Channel Series premiere Title in country
 United States TeenNick 29 May 2012 (2012-05-29) Alien Surf Girls
 Portugal SIC 2 June 2012 (2012-06-02) As Surfistas do Outro Mundo
English: The Other World Surfers
 Australia Network Ten
Nickelodeon (Australia)
22 June 2012 (2012-06-22)
August 2012 (2012-08)
Lightning Point
 Netherlands
 Belgium
Disney Channel
(Netherlands & Flanders)
25 June 2012 (2012-06-25) Lightning Point
 Germany KiKa 9 July 2012 (2012-07-09) Alien Surfgirls
 United Kingdom
 Ireland
Nickelodeon (UK & Ireland) 23 July 2012 (2012-07-23) Alien Surf Girls
 Russia Disney Channel (Russia) 3 September 2012 (3 September 2012) Неземной сёрфинг
English: Empyrean Surfing
 France France Ô 21 April 2013 (2013-04-21) Lightning Point
 Romania Disney Channel (Romania) 2013 (2013) Alien World Point
 Canada BBC Kids 5 October 2012 (2012-10-05) Lightning Point
 Italy Rai Due 13 January 2013 (2013-01-13) Alien Surf Girls
 Hungary M2 2013 Csajok a zŰrből
 Finland Yle TV2 3 June 2013 (2013-06-03) Kosmiset surffitytöt
English: Cosmic Surf Girls
 Europe Bandi Edu 3 February 2011 (2011-02-03) Girls 10
English: Lighting Point
 Japan KT Corporation 2013 Csajok a zŰrből
 Czech Republic Česká televize 5 July 2014 (2014-07-05) Surfařky z vesmíru

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TeenNick to Add "H2O", "Alien Surf Girls" in May". 27 April 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Linden, Shaun (3 July 2012). "Nickelodeon to Screen Alien Surf Girls". Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  3. ^ https://twitter.com/JessGreen2/status/290592540418252803

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