Rhian Gaffney has won the Otago Secondary Schools Film
Competition with his film Brain Thieves from Planet
X. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Watching dozens of dreadful 1950s B-grade sci-fi films,
notorious for over-acting and technical shortcomings, has paid
off for Logan Park High School co-dux Rhian Gaffney.
The 17-year-old has won the 2012 Otago Secondary Schools Film
Competition with his film Brain Thieves from Planet X.
Rhian gained inspiration from the low-budget films by using
laser guns, and miniature models and props, including an
egg-beater which proved to be an effective tool for removing
Despite the film's success, Rhian said he had reservations
"I never really thought it would be that good a film.
"I'm a bit of a perfectionist - I'm my own worst critic.
"But I'm glad other people like it," he said.
The judges were impressed with the humour and technical
skills shown in his film.
Otago Girls' High School pupil Sophie Kemp was runner-up in
the competition with her film Simon the Slug.
Third equal went to Bayfield High School's Sam Shannon and
Kate Sparrow with Taking Time, and Logan Park High
School pupils Troy Figgins and Paige MacAskill with
Incredibly Cheesy and Vomit Worthy.
Rhian has also entered the V48hour Film Competition for
several years and won prizes.
He plans to study science at the University of Otago next
year, before doing a post-graduate course in science and