Creepy plot wins Emmy
The makers of Wellington-made interactive drama Reservoir Hill, KHF Media, have won New Zealand’s first ever Emmy in the Digital Program: Children & Young People category. Reservoir Hill – which was shot in Porirua and produced and directed by David Stubbs and Thomas Robins – follows 16-year-old Beth Connolly as she is forced to solve a mystery when she moves to the creepy new suburb of Reservoir Hill. “We’re thrilled; we had some pretty stiff competition, from some top international broadcasters like the BBC. We probably didn’t think we had a chance,” Stubbs said from Cannes. The concept for Reservoir Hill was created over “a few flat whites” at Cuba St’s Midnight Espresso cafe, he said. Reservoir Hill allowed viewers to contact Beth through texts and messages on social networking website Bebo. These messages drove the plot, and the texts sometimes appeared on Beth’s phone. Wellington musician Rhian Sheehan wrote the score.