Chris Lilley’s Netflix show to begin shooting in Gold Coast

08 Mar

Actor and comedian Chris Lilley is teaming up with Netflix and long-time partner Laura Waters to produce a new comedy series, filming in Gold Coast starting this month.

The filming of the 10-episode project, set to take place between March and June, is expected to bring a $6.35 million boost to the local economy.

“I am delighted to have enticed Chris Lilley and producer Laura Waters to Queensland,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“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.”

This is yet another production taking place in Queensland, following the lead of Thor: Ragnarok, Aquaman, and Netflix’s first-ever Australian original drama Tidelands.

Lilley and Waters are well-known for shows such as Summer Heights High, We Can Be Heroes, Angry Boys and Ja’mie: Private School Girl.

In recent years, Lilley has been criticised for racial insensitivity in his works. His 2014 show Jonah from Tonga was slammed for its demeaning depiction of Tongan and Pacific culture, leading New Zealand’s Maori Television to cut the show. Last year, Lilley was widely condemned for posting a blackface video for the song ‘Squashed N***a’ to Instagram only hours after Melbourne protests over the death of 14-year-old Indigenous boy Elijah Doughty.