Chris Lilley Is Filming A New TV Series Set On The Gold Coast
When you talk about Summer Heights High, it's hard not to yell out 'Puck you Miss' or 'Thank God you're here. Where have you been, bitch'.
Well we will soon have plenty more lines to laugh about after Chris Lilley confirmed he's shooting a new TV series on Australia's Gold Coast.
Details are very scant for the new programme, with no title or synopsis available, but Music Feeds says there will be 10 episodes and will be filmed from March to June.
There will be a lot of pressure to deliver the gold after producing mixed performances over the years.
Obviously, we fell in love with Summer Heights High, We Can Be Heroes and Ja'mie: Private School Girl, but Lilley's other projects Angry Boys and Jonah from Tonga fell flat for a variety of reasons, but racism was a clear issue with most critics.
The SHH spin-off for Jonah was condemned by a swath of organisations representing minorities, including the NAACP, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, the American Indians in Film/TV, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities and The Asian Pacific American Media Coalition.
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Morgan Godfery's review in the Guardian said: "No matter how worthy the satire, Jonah's brownface is never neutral. No matter how funny Ja'mie can be, it is still a white bloke acting out problems he's never had.
"Is it really necessary to dress in brownface to make the point that "the Island boys", to quote one of Jonah's teachers, have a hard time at school?
"The danger here is that instead of critiquing stereotypes, his character risks re-inscribing them. When high schoolers tell their teacher to 'puck off', are they critiquing 'Island' stereotypes or indulging in something that's only acceptable when impersonating a brown body?"
The Queensland government is pretty stoked to have the project come to its shores and reckons the show could give a more than $6 million boost to the local economy.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in a statement: "I am delighted to have enticed Chris Lilley and producer Laura Waters to Queensland.
"The series will employ up to 250 Queensland cast and extras, plus around 100 Queensland crew.
"The project will also support two local screen practitioners, who will have the opportunity to work on the series to further develop their professional skills."
We've got fingers crossed that this will be his bounce back to comedy gold and acting brilliance. With filming finishing in June, hopefully it's only a few months before it's released on Netflix.
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