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.