Lunatics (TV series)

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Lunatics
Title screen for Lunatics.png
Genre
Created byChris Lilley
Written byChris Lilley & Stuart May
Directed byChris Lilley
StarringChris Lilley
Theme music composer
  • Chris Lilley
  • John Foreman
Composer(s)Chris Lilley
Country of originAustralia
United States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Chris Lilley
  • Laura Waters
Producer(s)
  • Chris Lilley
  • Laura Waters
Production location(s)
CinematographyBrigham Edgar
Editor(s)
  • Hayley Dinnison
  • Nick McDougall
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time33–38 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Screen Queensland
  • Fulcrum Media Finance
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (16:9 UHDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original release19 April 2019 (2019-04-19)
Chronology
Preceded byJonah from Tonga
Related showsAngry Boys
External links
Official website

Lunatics is an Australian comedy mockumentary web television series that premiered on Netflix on 19 April 2019. The ten-part series, written by and starring Chris Lilley, continues the mockumentary style of his previous series.[1][2]

Synopsis[edit]

Lunatics is a mockumentary series that explores the lives and narrative of six different characters, all played by Lilley.[3] Each character has his or her own eccentricity in terms of lifestyle and behaviour. The characters include: fashion retailer Keith Dick; estate agent Quentin Cook; 7-foot college student Becky Douglas; 12-year old Gavin McGregor, who is an heir to an earldom; ex-pornstar Joyce Jeffries; and South African Jana Melhoopen-Jonks, a celebrity pet psychic who is also a lesbian.[4]

A review notes that Lunatics follows Lilley's previous series, Summer Heights High, but the universe expanded past the school.[5]

Cast and characters[edit]

There are six primary characters featured in Lunatics, all portrayed by Chris Lilley.

  • Keith Dick - a fashion wannabe who is in love with Karen, a cash register
  • Becky Douglas - a 7-foot-3 girl who has moved to California to attend college with her non-identical twin sister
  • Gavin McGregor - an obnoxious 12 year old destined to become the future Earl of an English country estate
  • Jana Melhoopen-Jonks - a South African lesbian pet psychic to the stars
  • Quentin Cook - an incompetent real-estate agent who dreams of one day becoming a famous DJ and artist
  • Joyce Jeffries - a former adult film star who has become an extreme hoarder

Other Characters[edit]

  • Leena Arora as Patika Dick
  • Anne McCaffery-French as Helen
  • Philip Keogan as Ken
  • Joe Murray as Dylan
  • Harry Radbone as Oscar
  • Millie Morice as Clementine
  • Emma Wilson as Colleen
  • Ariana Doolan as Rashish
  • Chloe Stout as Lucy
  • Dylan Gavasse as Jack
  • Alyssa Macintosh as Sharnay
  • Cameron Leonard as Aaron
  • Tracey McGown as Becky's Mum
  • Darren McGown as Becky's Dad
  • Jessica Rockliff as Ingrid
  • Bianca Daniels as Kylie
  • Michelle Smit as Client
  • Brock Thornburgh as Ethan
  • Jett Thornburgh as Dustin
  • Steve Minton as Brian
  • Kim Kemp as Lyn
  • Judi Young as Rhonda
  • Antony Turrisi as Con
  • Kane Sheehy as Harrison
  • Min Suk Chin as Lingers(Tsun-Ling)
  • Cassie Wang as Nancy

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [6]
1"Episode 1"Chris LilleyChris LilleyApril 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)
2"Episode 2"Chris LilleyChris LilleyApril 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)
3"Episode 3"Chris LilleyChris LilleyApril 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)
4"Episode 4"Chris LilleyChris LilleyApril 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)
5"Episode 5"Chris LilleyChris LilleyApril 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)
6"Episode 6"Chris LilleyChris LilleyApril 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)
7"Episode 7"Chris LilleyChris LilleyApril 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)
8"Episode 8"Chris LilleyChris LilleyApril 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)
9"Episode 9"Chris LilleyChris LilleyApril 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)
10"Episode 10"Chris LilleyChris LilleyApril 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In March 2018, it was announced that Lilley had been signed by Netflix to create a 10-part series.[7] The series was filmed on the Gold Coast, Queensland.[8]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the series order announcement, it was confirmed that Lilley would star in the lead role.[7]

Release[edit]

On 11 April 2019, the official trailer for the series was released. The first season was released on Netflix on 19 April 2019.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carmody, Broede (11 April 2019). "Netflix tight-lipped on controversial new Chris Lilley character". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  2. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/jun/11/four-chris-lilley-shows-removed-from-netflix-australia-library
  3. ^ Mangan, Lucy (19 April 2019). "Lunatics review – thankfully no blackface, but still painfully unfunny". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  4. ^ Idato, Michael (26 April 2019). "Chris Lilley's latest offering owes nothing to anyone, and it shows". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  5. ^ Amanda Lundgren (16 April 2019). "If You Loved 'Summer Heights High,' Netflix Is About to Drop Your New Obsession". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Lunatics – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  7. ^ a b White, Peter (5 March 2018). "Netflix Orders Australian Comedy Series From 'Summer Heights High's Chris Lilley". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  8. ^ Meade, Amanda (6 March 2018). "Chris Lilley to make 10-part comedy series for Netflix". the Guardian. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  9. ^ Nissen, Daniel (11 April 2019). "TV News Roundup: Netflix Releases Chris Lilley's 'Lunatics' Trailer". Variety. Retrieved 20 April 2019.

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