Lightning Point: characters: Luca

Luca Benedict

Luca is a bit of an outsider in Lightning Point — he doesn't surf, he isn't part of the A-list crowd led by his cocky adopted brother Brandon, and he has a keen interest in extra-terrestrial life — which makes him an easy target for Brandon and his mates. Amber is the only person who really understands Luca — they have been friends and neighbours since they were little.

Luca has a lot to offer — he is kind, thoughtful, and has a sweet nature which immediately attracts Kiki, who sees his potential. Luca and Kiki share an affinity with animals, as well as a connection with the natural world. Luca is also intelligent and studious, with a talent for science and with technology — and is very good at reading people's emotions.

Luca has lived a lot of his life in Brandon's shadow — and though Luca tries to get along with him, Brandon's antagonistic nature makes that tricky. Luca sometimes feels a bit envious of the closeness Brandon has with Luca's dad — especially since Brandon is the adopted child. Luca sees Brandon as overbearing and superficial, and Brandon thinks Luca is a bit of a wimp. This is not the case at all — Luca has a great deal of courage, and is definitely not a pushover — he will stand up for what he believes in no matter what.

When Zoey and Kiki arrive in Lightning Point, Luca witnesses signs of alien activity, and becomes determined to investigate these occurrences — despite Brandon's teasing. As Luca and Kiki grow closer, Luca's conviction about the presence of aliens becomes stronger little does he know that the girl he is falling for is from outer-space!

When Luca finally does find out the truth about Kiki it jeopardises their relationship — Luca is hurt that she didn't trust him enough to tell him. But eventually they do get back together, and Luca proves himself a worthy ally, especially when his brother Brandon emerges as the real threat to the alien girls.

Kenji Fitzgerald

Kenji is an actor, a musician, songwriter, martial artist and dancer. During his time at the National Institute for Dramatic Arts (class of 2009), Kenji performed in a variety of stage performances such as Out Of Reach, Journey Through The World Of Moliere, Unplugged, and The Kitchen.

He starred in and composed the score for short film Crow Trapped in 2009 and performed as a singer, guitarist and drummer for various gigs around Australia and Japan between 2006 and 2010. Kenji's role in Lightning Point as Luca was his first long-form drama series.