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The generation gap is back – but not as we know it | Brigid Delaney

There is an ideological conflict brewing between ‘woke’ millennials and an older generation, a conflict where neither understands the other

For a while there, in the first part of the new millennium, the generation gap was pretty much assumed to be dead.

People in their 40s shopped in the same clothing stores as people in their 20s, and listened to the same sort of music.

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Comedy or cruelty: does Chris Lilley have a place in 2018?

Can the divisive nature of Lilley’s humour exist in a TV landscape where diversity is more important than ever?

Netflix’s apparent quest to buy up all of TV has led it to secure the return of Chris Lilley to our screens. News emerged earlier this week that the Australian comedian behind Summer Heights High, We Can Be Heroes and Angry Boys will debut his next project on the streaming service.

But the feeling that both Netflix and Lilley are jumping into unknown territory hangs heavy in the air. Can the divisive and provocative nature of Lilley’s humour exist in a TV landscape where representation and diversity are more important than ever?

Related: Chris Lilley to make 10-part comedy series for Netflix

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Netflix Orders Australian Comedy Series From “Summer Heights High” Star Chris Lilley

Australian comedian Chris Lilley must have made a big impact on Netflix as the streaming service has just ordered another untitled series from him. It is the latest investment by the platform who are looking for original content. Chris Lilley is the writer and actor who is responsible for creating and starring in ‘Angry Boys’ and ‘Summer Heights High’. Lilley and Laura Waters co-founded Princess Pictures, an Australian production company. The pair has now collaborated on creating a new ten-part series that has been picked up by Netflix. The streaming platform has recently invested in a wide range of original

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Chris Lilley to make 10-part comedy series for Netflix

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk hails project, saying it will employ up to 350 people

Netflix has signed the comedian Chris Lilley for a 10-part comedy project which has begun production in Queensland.

The as-yet-unnamed series is the first for Lilley since 2014’s Jonah from Tonga was screened by the ABC and the BBC and came under fire for its portrayal of Tongan culture and Lilley’s use of “brown face”.

Related: Chris Lilley's Jonah from Tonga withdrawn by New Zealand's Māori Television

Related: Summer Heights High: the 10 most Ja’mie-zing moments

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Netflix Orders Australian Comedy Series From ‘Summer Heights High’s Chris Lilley

Australian comedian Chris Lilley, who created and starred in series such as Summer Heights High and Angry Boys, is to front a 10-episode comedy for Netflix. The Svod service has ordered an as-yet-untitled series from Lilley and his production partner Laura Waters, who founded Australian production company Princess Pictures. It is the digital platform's latest investment in original content in the country after it ordered its first origination, supernatural crime drama Tide…
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Handmaid’s Tale: Sbs streaming ad placement almost as brutal as Gilead

Ads interrupted each climactic moment in the violent, dystopian drama, including mid-sentence

The Handmaid’s Tale finally landed in Australia last Thursday, a deeply unreasonable two months after its Us debut. With the much anticipated series made available in its entirety on Sbs On Demand, it seemed like everyone on social media had spent the weekend binge-viewing it.

Perhaps many of them are now thinking they’d have been better off acquiring the show by more dubious means. Across social media they cried out in horror, one after another, as each climactic moment in the violent, dystopian drama was interrupted by ads.

Whoever inserted the ads into Handmaiden's Tale on @Sbs is a literal monster. Every single ad is breaking any kind of tension built up.

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Jonah from Tonga was withdrawn for good reason: it’s Chris Lilley’s satire at its worst | Morgan Godfery

The series was cut from Māori Television after protests from the Tongan community. Why didn’t protests in Australia have the same effect?

New Zealand is a strange place: people treat possums as pests, prefer rugby union to league or footy, and the country’s comedians, government departments and politicians struggle to understand Jonah Takalua: the star of the Logie award-winner Chris Lilley’s mockumentary hit Summer Heights High and one of its spin-offs, Jonah from Tonga.

Maybe New Zealanders are too thick to appreciate Lilley’s satire, just like the British were too stuck up and the Americans were too PC. Perhaps that’s why one of the country’s state broadcasters, Māori Television, pulled Jonah from Tonga off the air after intense criticism from journalists (the show’s “a collection of lazy stereotypes”), the Human Rights Commission (it’s “offensive” to many) and the minister for Pacific peoples
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Summer Heights High: the 10 most Ja’mie-zing moments

On the 10th anniversary of Chris Lilley’s riotous mockumentary, we remember the highlights, from fake car accidents to Mr G’s bizarre musicals

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Before the mock-doc became commonplace on television, an Australian man called Chris Lilley cornered the market in needy reality beasts with his outrageous mockumentary Summer Heights High.

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Watch ‘Thunder Road,’ The One-Take Short That Won Sundance

Watch ‘Thunder Road,’ The One-Take Short That Won Sundance
From the start, writer, director and star Jim Cummings had always thought of his short “Thunder Road” as something he’d toss up on Vimeo and share with the world. There’s been some unexpected twists and turns for the filmmaker to get to that point.

As Cummings tells it, the film very unexpectedly got into Sundance, where it then won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film. Of course, this brought some heat to the short and Cummings, which meant attention was also paid to a major question from the film: If he’d secured the rights to Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road,” which plays during a pivotal scene. After paying $7,000 for the rights to the song so it could travel the festival circuit, Cummings was faced with a $40,000 to 50,000 licensing fee to put his short online. This prompted Cummings to take his case to Springsteen in the
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Catch-up and download: from We Can Be Heroes to Outlander

Chris Lilley’s mockumentary makes a welcome return to the iPlayer while Battlestar Galactica’s Ron Moore swaps outer space for time travel over on Amazon Prime

Before there was Angry Boys and Summer Heights High, there was We Can Be Heroes. Chris Lilley’s first series suggested that right from the start he was a true chameleon of a performer as well as a fine spoofer of a certain kind of overly earnest aspirationalism. This mockumentary quest to find the Australian Of The Year introduces Shh’s Ja’ime King, Angry Boys Nathan and Daniel, and Phil Olivetti, the hero of a terrible bouncy castle accident. Available from Thursday.

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Sundance: ‘Wiener-Dog’ Filmmaker Todd Solondz Talks Drawing Inspiration From ‘Benji’

Sundance: ‘Wiener-Dog’ Filmmaker Todd Solondz Talks Drawing Inspiration From ‘Benji’
Todd Solondz has taken on pedophiles, teen bullies, rapists and all manner of deviants.

But nothing in his previous work will prepare audiences for his latest protagonist — an adorable dachshund. In “Wiener-Dog,” the “Happiness” filmmaker follows the titular pooch as it is passed around from one dysfunctional owner to another. This being a Solondz movie, there’s plenty of dark gags, from explosive doggy diarrhea to an automobile-induced trip to the pet cemetery, that are certain to make the comedy one of the most divisive films to come out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

It’s the first film Solondz has had at the Park City, Utah, gathering since “Welcome to the Dollhouse” premiered to great acclaim in 1995. In a fitting bit of symmetry, “Wiener-Dog” checks in with that film’s teenage protagonist Dawn Wiener, now living an unfulfilled life as a veterinary assistant. There’s a casting switch though.
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On my radar: Derren Brown’s cultural highlights

The illusionist on Richard Curtis’s About Time and Chris Lilley’s Summer Heights High, Showstopper! the musical, great coffee houses and a wonderful library

Derren Brown was born in Croydon, south London, and studied law and German at the University of Bristol, where he started working as a conjuror in bars and restaurants. In 2000 Channel 4 broadcast Derren Brown: Mind Control to instant acclaim, and it was followed by a number of shows including Trick or Treat, Séance, and Derren Brown Plays Russian Roulette Live. Brown is outspoken about the fact that his shows are based on tricks and not real magic, and he has written about his techniques in books Tricks of the Mind and Confessions of a Conjuror. His live show, Miracle, starts on 11 November in London.

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Presenting Mr. G From Summer Heights High Rolling Around to "Hotline Bling"

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Mr G's Hotline Bling Mr G's Hotline Blingby fixmeinforty5 Tumblr Posted by Chris Lilley on Saturday, October 24, 2015 There's so much to love about Drake's "Hotline Bling" music video: the sick dance moves, his stylish sweaters, and now this Summer Heights High clip set to the song. Chris Lilley's 2007 Australian comedy series is still hilarious, and fans will remember this scene in which Mr. G is teaching his theater students about committing to their craft. Some genius put the scene and the song together, and boom! Magic is born. Seriously, you'll be shocked by how well they line up. Even if you haven't seen Summer Heights High, this is a good watch.
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Call for Byron Kennedy Award suggestions

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Aacta is calling for recommendations for one of the nation's most prized screen excellence awards, the Byron Kennedy Award.

The award, which honours Dr George Miller.s late filmmaking partner and Mad Max co-creator, celebrates outstanding creative enterprise within the film and television industries and is given to an individual or organisation whose work embodies innovation and the relentless pursuit of excellence.

Presented by Kennedy Miller Mitchell in association with Aacta and selected by a jury,. the award carries a cash prize of $10,000.

Past recipients include John Polson, Sarah Watt, Animal Logic, the Acs, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, Ivan Sen, Dion Beebe, Rolf de Heer and Chris Lilley.

In 2015 it went to Courtin-Wilson for his risk taking and evocative storytelling. The jury said .Amiel has been patiently searching for truth and beauty at the margins of society, making films which have captured the attention of international audiences."

The Byron Kennedy
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Dance Me to My Song rewatched: a profoundly moving drama about living with cerebral palsy

Director Rolf de Heer collaborated with actor and disability rights campaigner Heather Rose on a love triangle drama unlike any other

The panning last year of Chris Lilley’s “brownface” in the ABC’s Jonah From Tonga program and the recent tsunami of criticism hurled at director Cameron Crowe for casting white-as-white-can-be Emma Stone as a half-Asian character in romantic comedy Aloha reminded film-makers of a pertinent message: the days when actors were afforded carte blanche to play whichever characters they like are over.

In this context, writer/director Rolf de Heer’s acclaimed 1998 drama Dance Me to My Song presents the fascinating possibility the debate could extend further than race and into other areas such as disability. An achingly genuine and profoundly moving drama about a woman born with cerebral palsy, the film was based on a fictitious screenplay that nevertheless closely mirrors the experiences of its star and co-writer Heather Rose,
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Franchise hopes for sketch comedy

Jane Turner, Marg Downey, Glenn Robbins, Gina Riley, Magda Szubanski, Michael Veitch, Shane Jacobson and Stephen Curry are matching wits in a new weekly sketch comedy which the producers see as the beginning of a franchise.

Commissioned by The Comedy Channel, Open Slather also features a dozen rising stars on the comedy circuit: Ben Gerrard, Ben Lomas, Dave Eastgate, Demi Lardner, Emily Taheny, George H. Xanthis, Hannah Bath, Holly Austin, Ilai Swindells, Jay K Cagatay, Laura Hughes and Miles O.Neil.

Filmed in Melbourne with a live studio audience, the show takes aim at popular culture, politics, sport, music and media. Among the likely targets: Tony Abbott, reality shows such as The Voice and the soon-to-conclude Mad Men.

The 20-part series is being produced by McWaters Productions, marking the third collaboration between Kath & Kim.s Rick McKenna and Chris Lilley.s producing partner Laura Waters.

McKenna first got the idea
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Ja'mie: Private School Girl

Network: HBO

Episodes: Six (half-hour)

Seasons: One

TV show dates: November 24, 2013 -- December 29, 2013

Series status: Ended/cancelled

Performers include: Chris Lilley, Lester Ellis Jr., Georgie Jennings, Georgia Treu, Laura Grady, Phoebe Roberts, D'arci Buckerfield, Tayla Duyal, Madelyn Warrell, Alex Cooper, Jhyll Teplin, Brad Brivik, Monique Max, Wayne Perkins, Rose Flanagan, Brodie Dare, and Albert Mambo.

TV show description:

This comedy series is set at a private girls grammar school in Sydney, Australia. It follows the life of Ja'mie King (series creator Chris Lilley), a conniving Year 12 student at Hillford Girls Grammar, a tony private school.

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Netflix nabs ABC titles

Netflix has secured exclusive streaming rights to Chris Lilley.s Jonah from Tonga and the drama series Serangoon Road for its Australian and New Zealand service which launches March 28.

In a deal signed with ABC Commercial, Netflix gets non-exclusive rights to a slew of other ABC shows including Rake, Redfern Now, Upper Middle Bogan, The Time of Our Lives, Janet King, Jack Irish, Crownies and Australia: The Time Traveller's Guide.

The deal also covers Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (Australia only), Lilley.s Ja.mie: Private School Girl, Summer Heights High and We Can Be Heroes and kids shows Angelina Ballerina, Barney, Bob The Builder, Sesame Street, The Wiggles and Thomas the Tank Engine.

Last December SVoD rival Stan announced a non-exclusive deal with ABC Commercial encompassing the same content.

Netflix has also nabbed exclusive SVoD rights to British dramas Broadchurch and The Tunnel from Roadshow Entertainment, and the rights to Roadshow.s extensive library.
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Ryan Sampson’s favourite TV

Grumio from Plebs on his love of Deal Or No Deal and why Spaced should return to TV

Anything with Chris Lilley, who did Summer Heights High. He recently had Jonah From Tonga and Ja’mie: Private School Girl. It’s weird characters in the middle of nowhere. I’m from a small village just outside Sheffield, and all my dad’s friends are oddballs. I really like the idea of being able to do that sort of thing myself. He does it absolutely perfectly.

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