Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Summer Heights High - The Soundtrack

For the first time ever the Summer Heights High Soundtrack will be available digitally in the UK. Demon Music Group will releasing the Soundtrack to Award-winning Australian television mockumentary, series Summer Heights High written by and starring comedian Chris Lilley.

Up until now the Soundtrack has only been available in Australia through ABC Shops and the Australian iTunes Store. The album contains audio extracts from songs in the series including Mr. G's "My Name is Mr G","Bummer Heights High", "Naughty Girl", "She's A Slut", Jonah's "Being A Poly", and the Summer Heights High theme.

The show first aired in the UK on BBC Three in June 2008 and due to its success, the series is now repeated on BBC 3 on Monday nights.

Summer Heights High explores what happens over one school term in an average Australian high school. Playing all three main characters, Lilley brings to life Jonah Takalua, a mischievous schoolboy from Tonga with the odds stacked against him; Mr G, an ego-driven drama teacher with delusional showbiz dreams; and Ja'mie King, a bitchy private schoolgirl on a student exchange, set to make her mark on Summer Heights High.

Shocking, absurd and often dark, Chris Lilley's uncanny insight into human behaviour reveals a world where small issues become huge, social groups are important, careers are built, young minds are moulded, hopes are shattered and dreams are realised.

Lucy Lumsden, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning, says: "Summer Heights High is a fantastic addition to the BBC Three comedy line-up for 2008 – with a truly brilliant central performance from Chris Lilley."

Summer Heights High was shot on location at a working high school over 11 weeks. A co-production between ABC TV and Princess Pictures, the series was produced by Laura Waters (We Can Be Heroes, Kath & Kim).

Summer Heights High is the winner of two Australian Logie Awards (Most Popular Actor and Most Outstanding Comedy) and a Chicago Hugo Award for Best Comedy Series – and it is the best-selling TV series DVD in Australian history. The DVD release was released in October this year in the UK and has been extremely successful.