Lilley will be in the Gold Coast between March and June this year, filming a new series as part of the Queensland government’s $50 million production attraction strategy which looks to attract film and television production to the Sunshine State. The Summer Heights High and Angry Boys star will be working in collaboration with producer Laura Walters, as well as 250 Queensland cast and extras, and 100 local crew members. The show is set to give the local economy a $6.35 million boost.
“I am delighted to have enticed Chris Lilley and producer Laura Waters to Queensland… Queensland’s continued ability to attract high-quality film and television production is a testament to our local screen industry,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
While Lilley has gained international success for his portrayal of a range of characters in his past series, he has also come under fire for his use of blackface, while his Jonah From Tonga series was removed from New Zealand Maori television for stereotyping Pacific people negatively.
While there’s no word on what Lilley’s latest series will be about, you can bet that it’s gonna ruffle some feathers. Stay tuned for more news as filming commences in Queensland latter this month.