What Chris Lilley did before Summer Heights High...and where to watch it
Ever tried sorting through online TV service See Saw? It's a strange mix of completely unnecessary offerings from Channel 4 (go and watch them on YouTube, the streaming is far less grumpy) and completely awesome offerings from the BBC (Big Train, Brass Eye and Saxondale FTW).
So far, so to be expected...until you stumble across We Can Be Heroes: Finding the Australian of the Year. Two years ago, its successor Summer Heights High became a sleeper hit on BBC Three, following three characters, all played by Chris Lilley: spoilt Sydneysider Ja'mie, drama teacher/queen Mr G, and tearaway Jonah. This may sound more than a little bit Eddie Murphy, but it worked fabulously well because Lilley vanished into each character, found something dark, self-centred and off-kilter, and then clambered back out again to use it to bash back all boundaries of taste. Watching a 32-year-old man in drag flirting in a playground with a 12-year-old boy is funny, wrong and puts British efforts to (cliché alert) push the boundaries to shame.
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