After much anticipation, the first look at mockumentary master Chris Lilley’s new series, Angry Boys, has finally gone live.
The show was filmed in various locations within Australia, the US and Japan over seven months and edited for an entire year. Lilley wrote, directed and stars in the character-based documentary-comedy style he mastered with We Can Be Heroes and Summer Heights High.
Angry Boys will be a 12-part series and includes characters such as identical twins Daniel and Nathan Sims (as seen in We Can Be Heroes) and new character Jen Okazaki; a softly spoken Japanese wife and mother of three.
Okazaki is described as an ambitious tyrant. Her primary focus is her son Tim, who she trained and pushed into becoming a skateboarding champion – and who she also believes is gay.
The show looks to be bigger than the two previous series in every respect. It will have three broadcasters in three different countries, this time with the addition of HBO as a co-producer, the ABC, and a pre-sale to the BBC. It was the first time in Australia that a partnership of this magnitude had been made to acquire a show. It means that Angry Boys will be seen across the globe within weeks of its Aussie premiere on ABC1.
More than 3500 people were auditioned for roles – both actors and non-actors from Australia and abroad – to find a wide range of looks, attitudes, races and ages for 89 main roles and 1228 extras. More than 850 scenes were lit and shot over the duration of filming in over 70 locations.
Watch the teaser below and catch the next trailer about the whole series on Wednesday, March 30 at 9.30pm on ABC1.