By Clint Morris
About two years ago, at an after party for a film, I spent an hour or so talking to Chris Lilley – and what a frustrating, drunken conversation that wouldâ€™ve been between us â€“ if only because Iâ€™d never seen the poor guy in anything heâ€™d done.
If only I watched a little more ABC-TV, hey?
Chris proceeded to talk to me about the success of his comedy series â€œWe Can Be Heroesâ€, a satire on a bunch of characters all vying to be â€˜Australian of the Yearâ€™, and how he planned on follow it up with a similar series, again filmed in that mockumentary style, thatâ€™d probably feature some of the same characters.
It all sounded rather fun.
After I sobered up, I checked out â€œWe Can Be Heroesâ€ (Couldâ€™ve sworn it had a guy in it who to save a Cheerleader to save the world; my bad!) and have to admit, I was a dunce for not setting the timer record on my DVD recorder when it initially aired. What a fantastic series! But why did the star and creator of it have to be the first person to tell me about it!? Where was my ABC-loving mother the night this played? I can usually rely on a SMS text message from her whenever something about child-rearing or dodgy journalists is airing on the channel!
Absurd, but oh-so-clever, the series is a real showcase for Mr. Lilley â€“ who plays every main character in it! Not many actors will put on a dress, or wear some lippy, for a role â€“ but Chris Lilley is no Jack Thompson; heâ€™s brave!
Granted, the follow-up series â€œSummer Heights Highâ€ is the real winner (and the one America has picked up to air!). If â€œWe Can Be Heroesâ€ is the entrÃ©e, then â€œHeightsâ€ is the main meal. And tonight, Mumâ€™s letting us eat sweets WITH our sausages!
This tasty and strangely realistic satire centres on the students â€“ and a teacher, Mr G, the flamboyant drama coach Lilleyâ€™s played since TVs â€œBig Biteâ€ â€“ of a suburban highschool. Thereâ€™s Ja’mie King, a bitchy private schoolgirl on a student exchange, set to make her mark; and Jonah Takalua, a mischievous schoolboy from Tonga with the odds stacked against him. Again, theyâ€™re all played by Lilley â€“ but he does such a good job that by the second or third episode in youâ€™ll forget these arenâ€™t real people!
More so, by the end of the eps, youâ€™ll be creaminâ€™ for more! (or at least hoping Lilleyâ€™s planning a spin-off featuring the gut-bustingly hilarious Jonah!)
What a whopper lot of extras we have here!
In terms of â€œSummer Heights Highâ€ extras thereâ€™s 25 behind the scenes featurettes!, 5 Hours (yes, 5 hours!!) of deleted scenes and outtakes, a music video, Mr Gâ€™s Logie Awards Performance, a Game, A bit where fans recreate the scenes, and an option to play the show by character â€“ be it Jonah or Mr G, or who-have-you.
â€œWe Can Be Heroesâ€ comes with 2 hours of deleted scenes and outtakes, a lengthy doco, a play-by-character option, cast auditions and Ricky’s side-splittingly hilarious Logie Awards Performance of “Indigeridoo”
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Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.