A group of Australians are nominated for the Australian of the Year Award.


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Series cast summary:
Chris Lilley ...  Daniel Sims / ... 6 episodes, 2005
Jennifer Byrne ...  Narrator 6 episodes, 2005
Mick Graham Mick Graham ...  Terry 6 episodes, 2005
Chung Jade Koh Chung Jade Koh ...  Chun 6 episodes, 2005
Maria Angelico ...  Mel 6 episodes, 2005
Emma Clapham Emma Clapham ...  Brianna 6 episodes, 2005
Adrienne Couper Smith ...  Emma 6 episodes, 2005
Deborah Jones ...  Kerry 6 episodes, 2005
Taylor Potter Taylor Potter ...  Tyson 6 episodes, 2005
Tracey Mathers Tracey Mathers ...  Shelly / ... 6 episodes, 2005
Woody Miles ...  Jordan 6 episodes, 2005
Frieda McKenna Frieda McKenna ...  Frieda 5 episodes, 2005
Carol Chong Carol Chong ...  Carol 5 episodes, 2005
Ferdinand Hoang ...  Mr Wong 5 episodes, 2005
Pixie Jones Pixie Jones ...  Tracey 3 episodes, 2005
Nyathan Hoth Mai Nyathan Hoth Mai ...  Sonali 3 episodes, 2005
Jhyll Teplin Jhyll Teplin ...  Mrs. King 3 episodes, 2005
Lise Rodgers ...  Mrs Welham 3 episodes, 2005
Steven Abdilla ...  Stevie J 3 episodes, 2005


A group of Australians are nominated for the Australian of the Year Award.

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27 July 2005 (Australia) See more »

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To film the twin characters of Daniel & Nathan, a body double was used for distance shots and blue-screen was used for the close-up shots where both characters were facing camera. See more »


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And the Nominees Are...
16 September 2006 | by boyinflaresSee all my reviews

Australia is lucky enough to call many great comic actors and comedians their own - Gina Riley, Jane Turner, Glenn Robbins, Eric Bana - and has produced such fine comedies like "Kath & Kim", "Big Girl's Blouse", "Fast Forward" and "Full Frontal". Joining the list of greats is Chris Lilley and his terrific 6-part mockumentary "We Can Be Heroes: Finding the Australian of the Year".

In the tradition of "Best in Show" and "Drop Dead Gorgeous", "We Can Be Heroes" follows the lives of several contestants, in this case, for the Australian of the Year award. Lilley plays all of the 5 nominees himself, and does a great job of showcasing his acting abilities, as well as brining life to some memorable characters, most of all school girl Ja'mie who really deserves a show of her own. Each of the nominees that Lilley plays are very different from one another. The outgoing Ricky, the stuck-up Ja'mie, the modest Pat, the arrogant Phil and the hilarious Daniel.

Each of the 5 nominees have all been nominated for various reasons, some more convincing than others, and some totally absurd. But that just adds to the humour of the show. The characters are not all likable, but it's better that way. Lilley is backed-up by a terrific group of supporting cast who play the friends and family of the nominees, and each of them do a great job given the short periods of time they are on screen for. The narration from Jennifer Byrne gives the show an authentic feel. A great show, would be awesome to see a second season with some outrageous new characters, or Ja'mie in her own show!

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