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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

Netflix Orders Australian Comedy Series From “Summer Heights High” Star Chris Lilley
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Noticeboard: industry moves and appointments

Molly Haddon has joined Arri Anz as a technical sales advisor..

In this wrap:

– Casting director Alison Telford goes freelance

– Sixty40 brings on three new directors

– Prime Focus Technologies opens Sydney office, hires Graeme Whineray.

– Molly Haddon joins Arri Anz

– David Blackett named group Gm Magna Systems and Engineering.

Casting director Alison Telford goes freelance.

After 20 years as a casting director for ABC TV, Alison Telford has gone freelance, establishing her own agency in South Melbourne.

Telford has cast ABC shows such as Glitch, Please Like Me, Kath and Kim, We Can Be Heroes, Summer Heights High, Miss Fisher.s Murder Mysteries and Sea Change. She has set up an office, audition studio, meeting room and viewing lounge in The Irish Linen House, 253 Moray St, South Melbourne. https://alisontelfordcasting.com.au/

Sixty40 brings on three new directors

Brazilian mixed media director Boca (Marcos Ceravolo), French animation director-illustrator Skull (Frédérick Venet
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Jonah from Tonga was withdrawn for good reason: it’s Chris Lilley’s satire at its worst | Morgan Godfery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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Chris Lilley's Jonah from Tonga withdrawn by New Zealand's Māori Television

Nz minister says the Australian comedy television series ‘perpetuates negative stereotypes of Pacific people’

The board of Māori Television has withdrawn the series Jonah from Tonga from screening on the channel.

New Zealand’s minister for Pacific peoples, Alfred Ngaro, said the series “perpetuates negative stereotypes of Pacific people” and “the fact it is pitched as comedy doesn’t make that any more acceptable”.

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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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Not just Neighbours: the new shows putting Australian TV on the map

From Please Like Me to Cleverman, a wave of Aussie exports is proving the nation’s TV output is more than just soaps. Here are the best of a bonzer bunch

For decades, UK viewers have dismissed Australia as a benign TV backwater, good only for soaps where sandy-haired women in bikinis shout things like: “Kirk! I love ya, but the salon’s on fire and Sheila’s trapped – again!” But in 2011 The Slap brought us knotty urban relationship drama; then Chris “Summer Heights High” Lilley showed us Australia could match the best of our bad-taste character comedies. Now we’re in a peak-tv era where digital channels and streaming services grab content from across the world, Oz has stepped up its game again. The latest intriguing import is Deep Water, a crime drama starring Noah Taylor and Orange Is the New Black’s Yael Stone.

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Skip Ahead gifts $725,000 to YouTube creators

2016 Skip Ahead recipients Racka Racka..

Four YouTube creative teams will share from pool of $725,000 in funding, thanks to Screen Australia and Google.s joint initiative Skip Ahead.

Now in its third year, Skip Ahead is designed to support the next generation of YouTube creators to make ambitious content and build their careers.

Recipients will make a narrative-driven film of at least 30 minutes in length. It could be a film, series pilot or proof of concept, but must be a one-off standalone.

Among this year.s recipients are Adelaide.s Danny and Michael Philippou; aka Racka Racka. The brothers will create RackaRacka: Live, a one-off 30 minute comedy that sees them on a rampage in a haunted, abandoned theatre. Triptych (The Babadook) will produce.

Fellow brothers Theo and Nathan Saidden, the brains behind Superwog, will present a half-hour comedy The Superwog Show. It.ll be the story of Superwog, his dysfunctional family and his best mate.
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Skip Ahead gifts $725,000 to Youtube creators

2016 Skip Ahead recipients Racka Racka..

Four Youtube creative teams will share from pool of $725,000 in funding, thanks to Screen Australia and Google.s joint initative Skip Ahead.

Now in its third year, Skip Ahead is designed to support the next generation of Youtube creators to make ambitious content and build their careers.

Recipients will make a narrative-driven film of at least 30 minutes in length. It could be a film, series pilot or proof of concept, but must be a one-off standalone.

Among this year.s recipients are Adelaide.s Danny and Michael Philippou; aka Racka Racka. The brothers will create RackaRacka: Live, a one-off 30 minute comedy that sees them on a rampage in a haunted, abandoned theatre. Triptych (The Babadook) will produce.

Fellow brothers Theo and Nathan Saidden, the brains behind Superwog, will present a half-hour comedy The Superwog Show. It.ll be the story of Superwog, his dysfunctional family and his best mate.
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Netflix Study: You Binge Hard on Thrillers, Go Slower With Comedies

Netflix Study: You Binge Hard on Thrillers, Go Slower With Comedies
When you’re Breaking Bad you do it at a breakneck pace, a House of Cards is dealt thoughtfully and a Wet Hot American Summer is best enjoyed leisurely. Such are among the results of a Netflix study measuring how quickly people consume entire seasons of a show, and which types of programs are binged fastest.

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Analyzing customers’ bingeing of an 100 serialized TV series across more than 190 countries, Netflix found that the median days to complete the first season of a series was five, while the median hours-per-session for completers was 2 hours,
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'Time Traveling Bong': Welcome to Stoner Comedy, 'Broad City' Style

'Time Traveling Bong': Welcome to Stoner Comedy, 'Broad City' Style
The time machine has taken many forms over the centuries: Dr. Who, Bill and Ted all ventured through the fourth dimension in a phone booth; Doc Brown used a Delorean; Homer Simpson a toaster; and an illegal Russian energy drink was all it took to send a certain hot tub hopping through the spacetime continuum. When Broad City stars Ilana Glazer and Paul W. Downs, and writer/director Lucia Aniello, decided to put a stoner spin on the genre, they centered their time travel pipe dream around the only logical choice: A bong.
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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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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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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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Hopes for more Redfern Now

The telemovie Redfern Now: Promise Me almost certainly won.t be the final chapter in the saga of the mostly indigenous residents of inner-city Sydney.

ABC TV head of programming Brendan Dahill hopes the creative team will get back together for another instalment in the franchise.

In a sense the drama produced by Blackfella Films. Darren Dale and Miranda Dear, which starred Deborah Mailman, Wayne Blair, Leah Purcell, Aaron Pederson, Rarriwuy Hick, Lisa Flanagan, Kelton Pell and Kirk Page, is a victim of its own success.

Dahill tells If, .The first two series were so popular the cast members are in heavy demand. But we hope to get the team back together when they are available..

Due to air in the next couple of months, Redfern Now: Promise Me will explore the impact of a violent crime on two women and the fight for justice that ensues. Anthony Hayes, Daniella
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Presto TV to commission local production

Subscription VoD service Presto TV will commission original Australian programming and source other content exclusively for the platform.

A joint venture between Foxtel and Seven West Media, Presto TV launched last Sunday. Subscribers pay a monthly fee of $9.99 for the TV stream, the same amount for Foxtel.s 10-months-old Presto Movies, and $14.99 for both.

Presto TV will commission original productions including drama, Seven Network director of programming Angus Ross tells If.. "We will make stuff for Presto TV," he said, without giving any specifics.

As for acquisitions, he flagged the streaming service would buy content such as .binge-worthy dramas. and more children.s programming.

Ross said, .My mantra for Seven.s primary channel is that I will buy something if I think it will rate. That.s the same in finding content we think will work for Presto TV..

Pre-launch, Presto TV announced it had bought non-exclusive rights to a
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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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Will Ferrell Set to Star in Comedy About a Shakespearean Theater Company

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Will Ferrell Set to Star in Comedy About a Shakespearean Theater Company
It looks like Will Ferrell will be trying his hand at 16th-century humor. Variety reports that Sony has bagged a comedy pitch about the "intense, competitive world inside a Shakespearean theater company," with Ferrell in mind to star. David Guion and Michael Handelman — a pair that has found success on such scripts as Dinner for Schmucks — will pen the as-of-now-unnamed project. Production schedule, cast, and most other details about the film are also under wraps at the moment. Ferrell will next come to theaters as James King (a white-collar guy with deep pockets who gets cuffed for embezzlement) in the Kevin Hart co-starrer Get Hard and as Mugatu in Zoolander 2, among other roles. A Shakespearean theater company sounds like golden territory for Ferrell and his comic personae — especially anything involving a Mr. G–from–Summer Heights High–esque character.
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Jonah from Tonga

Network: HBO

Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)

Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: August 8, 2014 -- Tbd

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Chris Lilley, Tama Tauli'i, Isaia Noa, Linda Horan, Jane Reupena-Niko, Eigawe Hunt, Tevita Manu, Doug Bowles, Uli Latukefu, Meaghan Butler, Dorothy Adams, Jason Moleli, Lafaele Tauli'i, Tana Laasia, Bryce Padovan, Belinda Sharp, Mose Mose, and Braydan Pittman.

TV show description:

This Australian mockumentary series is a follow-up to the Summer Heights High TV show. It follows the story of Jonah Takalua (Chris Lilley), a rebellious Tongan teen who just can't help himself when it comes to stirring up trouble.

At the end of Summer Heights High, Jonah was expelled midway through Year eight. The story picks up four months later, with Jonah banished by his father to the island of Tongapatu and
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A History Of Repeat Blackface Offenders

There is no question that blackface is a racist trope too regularly used on film, TV, and in magazines. While not nearly as rampant as it was in the 1930s, there have been hundreds of instances of blackface employed in the past twenty years. Everyone from Paris Hilton to Ben Stiller and Jimmy Fallon to Billy Crystal has donned a form of blackface in an attempt to be funny, controversial, or — in Hilton’s case — cute. (The things people will do for a laugh.)

The most recent use of blackface is by a repeat offender, Chris Lilley (pictured above), who is the star of the new HBO series, Jonah from Tonga. The series, which follows the story of a Tongan teenager, features Lilley in brownface make-up and a curly wig. In other series, the actor has portrayed S.mouse, an African American rap artist from California and Jen Okazaki, a Japanese mother of three.
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