Is Ja'mie making a return?
Summer Heights High character comedian Chris Lilley has announced his return after signing a deal for a new 10-part Netflix series.
The Australian star has developed a cult fandom with his collection of spoof documentaries, which follow the lives of characters including privileged schoolgirl Ja’mie, teacher Mr G and troubled schoolboy Jonah Takalua.
Now, it’s revealed that Netflix has signed a deal for a new show from Lilley and producing partner Laura Waters, although details on the project remain mysteriously scarce.
It’s believed that the show will begin shooting later this month on location in Queensland, where it will provide a cash injection of $6 million to the local economy.
Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of the Queensland territory, said: “I am delighted to have enticed Chris Lilley and producer Laura Waters to Queensland.
“The series will employ up to 250 Queensland cast and extras, plus around 100 Queensland crew. The project will also support two local screen practitioners, who will have the opportunity to work on the series to further develop their professional skills.”
Despite his popularity, Lilley has faced criticism for the perceived use of ‘blackface’ in Summer Heights High follow-up Angry Boys, which saw Lilley taking up the role of a black rapper.
Last year, he also apologised after a video of the show was posted on Instagram – which showed him in blackface while uttering a racial slur.
It also featured a song about a traffic accident involving an indigenous person, with the clip posted only weeks after the death of an indigenous Australian only weeks before.
He later apologised: “My social media pages are run for me to give fans nostalgic pics or clips from previous TV shows. I apologise for any hurt caused by this misinterpretation.