Yeah - i'm glad they didn't do it with a weird American actor. That ruins everything. The only cast who did it was The Office. Oh, and Ugly Betty which is based on a televison show too.
Mr. G becoming the head of Performing arts is hilarious. and the Ja'mie skits are bizarre and I don't know if because he is dressed up and one of those girls and (s)he's so ugly, or so self-unaware that she interacts as an actual student.
A good thesis about gender issues could be extrapolated from this show. great themes in an uncomfortable environment that is actually not real. Everything about it seems to be working on extra levels to make us feel that it is the whole situation is plausible.
It's definite genius. I want to see more by this guy.
you should check out "we can be heroes," which is another mockumentary he created prior to summer heights high; it delves into the lives of a group of mostly undeserving (and thankfully imaginary) nominees for australian of the year. quite amusing, but a little more awkward than shh - makes the average aussie look like a complete idiot...