Summer Heights High

short-poppiesI have to admit, I’m really not a fan of awkward comedies. From Meet the Fockers to The Office to Hello Ladies, there really is so much I can take.  While I’m sure we can all attest to certain people who have crossed paths with us over the years, most people just aren’t either that stupid or that naive.

They also say that there is nothing new under the sun.  A series where the lead characters are all played by the same actor has certainly been done before.  Australia’s Chris Lilley in Summer Heights High and locally, Madeliene Sami’s Super City.

Last night I sat down and watched the first two episodes of Short Poppies thanks to TVNZ’s decision to put the entire 8 episode NZ On Air funded series online after we exposed that they had allowed the series to be made available overseas first.  There were certainly laugh-out-loud moments but there were also plenty of cringeworthy Rhys Darby moments that back all those memories of band manager Murray from Flight of the Conchords. Continue reading »

Will America be ready for Australian actor/producer Chris Lilley’s Ja’mie?  Fans of Summer Heights High certainly are.  We can’t wait!

angry-boys2Production has commenced on the new series from the hilarious Australian writer and actor Chris Lilley.

The untitled series, which is a co-production between ABC in Australia and HBO in the US with BBC Three on board as well, is the first from Lilley since Angry Boys and follows We Can Be heroes and Summer Heights High.

ABC1 Channel Controller, Brendan Dahill, says: “Chris and the Princess Pictures team have consistently proved that they know how to deliver quality content. ABC1 is proud to once again bring a new Chris Lilley series to air in a new era of TV where audiences consume television in so many different ways, as was demonstrated by the outstanding success Angry Boys enjoyed across multiple platforms.” Continue reading »

Chris Lilley has confirmed today that he will have a new mockumentary series out next year.

The Australian told UK website Digital Spy that while details of his new project can’t be revealed at the moment, it will be similar to his previous series We Can be Heroes, Summer Heights High and Angry Boys.

“I’m well underway with a new project and I’m keeping it a bit of a secret and under wraps for now. It’s along the same lines as my other shows We Can Be Heroes, Angry Boys and Summer Heights High,” Lilley said.

“It’s a mockumentary style and I’ll play the characters. It’s looking really cool. That should be on the BBC next year hopefully. I don’t control when they put it on, but that’s when we want it to happen. Continue reading »

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COMEDY CENTRAL – Thursday 3 December, 7.30pm

Summer Heights High is the outrageously funny high school comedy created and written by Chris Lilley, creator of We Can Be Heroes. The mockumentary series documents the ups and downs of three different characters, all played by Lilley, over one school term at Summer Heights High – Jonah, a 13 year old delinquent break-dancer from Tonga; Mr G, an ego-driven Drama teacher with delusional showbiz dreams; and Ja’mie, a stuck up private schoolgirl on a student exchange. This show will simply have you wetting your pants!

11:35pm Saturday, August 8 on TV One

TV ONE has a back-to-back fix of Rose d’Or award-winning comedian Chris Lilley’s ‘mockumentary’ series Summer Heights High, tonight from 11.35pm.

Summer Heights High explores life over a school term in an ‘average’ Australian high school. Lilley (We Can Be Heroes) brings to life Jonah Takalua, a mischievous schoolboy from Tonga with the odds stacked against him; Mr G, an ego-driven drama teacher with delusional showbiz dreams; and Ja’mie King, a bitchy private schoolgirl on a student exchange, set to make her mark.

Ja’mie King, whose character appeared in We Can Be Heroes, says she has a lot to offer the students at Summer Heights High. “I think I can bring a sense of hope for these kids. I’m giving them tips on fashion and hair and stuff and kind of teaching them the right way to behave.”

She finds it hard work being so popular: “Like, everyone wants to be friends with me, so I’m always giving out my mobile number to total randoms. And girls at my school are always fighting over who gets to sit next to me in classes and stuff. It’s so embarrassing. And accepting friends on MySpace takes ages cause everyone’s trying to ‘add me’.”

Ja’mie’s advice to girls who want to be as cool as she is is to be “fake-nice” to everyone. “Say, ‘Oh my God, hi’ to randoms if you forget their names. Always act like you’re having fun. Laugh about random stuff for no reason. People are watching and it will draw attention to you. Make sure you’re always looking hot. If you’re fat – stop eating. If you’re fugly – get a good personality or consider surgery.”

Hilarious, absurd and frequently shocking, Summer Heights High is a world where small issues become huge, social groups are important, careers are built, young minds are moulded, hopes are shattered, and dreams are realised.

ABC TV’s Courtney Gibson says, “In Summer Heights High, Chris Lilley captures all the wonder and all the horror of contemporary school days. Compared to other seminal Australian screen work about high school life, Summer Heights High will make Picnic At Hanging Rock seem like, well, a picnic.”

Summer Heights High was shot on location at an actual working high school over 11 weeks.

TV ONE will screen the entire series back-to-back tonight, starting from 11.35pm.

Sunday 15 February, 11.30pm on TV6

Summer Heights High explores what happens over one school term in an ‘average’ Australian high school.

In a mockumentary format, award-winning comedian Chris Lilley brings to life Jonah Takalua, a mischievous schoolboy from Tonga with the odds stacked against him; Mr G, an ego-driven Drama teacher with delusional showbiz dreams; and Ja’mie King, a bitchy private schoolgirl on a student exchange, set to make her mark.

Hilarious, absurd and frequently shocking, Summer Heights High chronicles a world where small issues become huge, social groups are important, careers are built, young minds are moulded, hopes are shattered and dreams are realised.

Can someone please explain this programming decision to me: award winning hilarious satirical parody Summer Heights High is to screen from Saturday August 30 on TV ONE at 9.35pm.

I understand the 9:30pm time slot – given the content – and it screened at this time in Australia. But a Saturday night? In Australia it screened on a Wednesday night, next to popular show The Chasers War on Everything.

Surely the show would do better on TV2, not TV ONE?