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Graf­fiti spreads

HE FOUND fame in Aus­tralia as a mis­chievous teenager in Sum­mer Heights High, but Jonah Takalua’s no­to­ri­ety now spans the globe with the creep­ing ap­pear­ance of Jonah’s naughty ‘‘dick­ta­tion’’ graf­fiti tag and web­sites. The cre­ation of Mel­bourne co­me­dian Chris Lil­ley, Jonah has found his feet in the US where Sum­mer Heights High is pulling large audiences on HBO. ‘‘Be­fore we went to air we got a lot of great re­views, but now we have started, we’re get­ting the most un­be­liev­able rat­ings and feed­back,’’ pro­ducer Laura Wa­ters says. An ex­pat Amer­i­can, Wa­ters hears from friends and fam­ily that the show’s dis­tinc­tive jar­gon is be­ing heard in play­grounds around the US. The re­bel­lious Jonah— who has 84,000 Mys­pace friends, out­strip­ping the pop­u­lar­ity of Ja’mie, Mr G and Lil­ley him­self— is hav­ing the big­gest im­pact. ‘‘One friend said she’d seen Jonah’s ‘dick­ta­tion’ tag sprout up on a street sign in New Jer­sey,’’ Wa­ters says.

Marry me, Chris

MEAN­WHILE, Sum­mer Heights High con­tin­ues to find suc­cess in the UK. Last week the se­ries sound­track— com­plete with sin­gles Bum­mer Heights High and Naughty Girl— was re­leased on Bri­tish iTunes. It is now third be­hind the sound­tracks for Shrek and Twi­light. Chris Lil­ley’s Mys­pace page has been flooded by friends from around the world beg­ging for a sec­ond se­ries— and an oc­ca­sional mar­riage pro­posal. There is no word yet on the suc­cess of ei­ther.

Broth­ers in arms

TWO com­pet­i­tive broth­ers work­ing in a res­cue squad form the back­bone of a new drama se­ries com­mis­sioned by Chan­nel 9. Res­cue is ex­pected to go into pro­duc­tion early next year af­ter se­cur­ing fi­nance from Screen Aus­tralia.

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