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Netflix Releases Trailer For New Chris Lilley Series 'Lunatics'

Netflix Releases Trailer For New Chris Lilley Series 'Lunatics'

Netflix has just released the official trailer for Chris Lilley's 10-part series, and if you were a fan of Summer Heights High and Ja'mie: Private School Girl, you're in for a treat...

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The Aussie entertainer is back with a whole new line-up of bizarre characters for his new series, which airs on the streaming service next Friday.

In the hilarious trailer, Chris transforms himself into a 44-year-old ex porn star, a 7ft 3in YouTuber, a sex-obsessed fashion designer and more.

One of his characters is Jana, a pet psychic who works mostly with celebrities, conducting her work from her South African home.

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Credit: Netflix

Jana, who is known for her loud clothing and bold wigs, also talks candidly about her overwhelming feelings towards her personal assistant.

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The hilarious mocumentary will "examine the lives of six extraordinary individuals and will explore the idea that people are not what they seem at first."

The official synopsis reads: "Lunatics: the story of six characters coming to terms with themselves and the world around them - be it a haunting past or a pressurising future, finding love or chasing dreams. Starring Chris Lilley, Chris Lilley, Chris Lilley, Chris Lilley, Chris Lilley, and Chris Lilley."

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Credit: Netflix

The best news is that we don't even have long to wait for the brand new series, as it lands on Netflix next Friday (19th April), which means we'll be getting our Chris Lilley fix sooner than we first thought.

Chris is known for his risqué comedy series Angry Boys, Summer Heights High, Ja'mie: Private School Girl and Jonah From Tonga.

Despite its popularity, Jonah from Tonga was axed from New Zealand's Maori Television broadcaster after it was deemed to be culturally inappropriate.

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Credit: Netflix

The series was condemned by a number of organisations representing minorities, including the NAACP, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, the American Indians in Film/TV, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities and The Asian Pacific American Media Coalition.

Morgan Godfery's review in the Guardian said: "No matter how worthy the satire, Jonah's brownface is never neutral. No matter how funny Ja'mie can be, it is still a white bloke acting out problems he's never had.

"Is it really necessary to dress in brownface to make the point that "the Island boys", to quote one of Jonah's teachers, have a hard time at school?

"The danger here is that instead of critiquing stereotypes, his character risks re-inscribing them. When high schoolers tell their teacher to 'puck off', are they critiquing 'Island' stereotypes or indulging in something that's only acceptable when impersonating a brown body?"

Lunatics airs on Netflix on Friday 19th April.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV News, TV Entertainment

Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Junior Journalist at Tyla. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the team in 2017. Contact her on [email protected]

 

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