Ja'mie: Private School Girl

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Ja'mie: Private School Girl
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Genre Sitcom
Mockumentary
Created by Chris Lilley
Written byChris Lilley
Directed by
  • Chris Lilley
  • Stuart McDonald
StarringChris Lilley
Narrated byChris Lilley
Theme music composerChris Lilley
Composer John Foreman
Country of originAustralia
United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Laura Waters
  • Chris Lilley
Producers
  • Laura Waters
  • Chris Lilley
Production location Melbourne
CinematographyNick Gregoric
EditorIan Carmichael
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time25–27 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original network
Picture format
Audio format Stereophonic
Original release23 October (2013-10-23) 
27 November 2013 (2013-11-27)
Chronology
Preceded by Angry Boys
Followed by Jonah from Tonga
Related shows We Can Be Heroes
Summer Heights High
External links
Website

Ja'mie: Private School Girl is an Australian television sitcom miniseries. It is set at an exclusive private girls' grammar school in Sydney's very wealthy North Shore district. It is written by and stars male comedian Chris Lilley. Continuing the mockumentary style of Lilley's previous series, Ja'mie: Private School Girl follows Ja'mie King, a character who previously appeared in Lilley's series We Can Be Heroes and Summer Heights High , during her final weeks of high school.

Contents

The series is co-produced by Chris Lilley and Princess Pictures in association with ABC and HBO. [1]

The Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) broadcast the show in Australia from 23 October to 27 November 2013. HBO began broadcasting the show in the United States on 24 November 2013.

Development

Lilley announced that he was working on a new show on his Facebook page. The ABC confirmed that Lilley's six-part half-hour comedy series would screen in 2013. [2] On 8 September 2013, Lilley revealed the title of the show and that the returning character to the series is Ja'mie King. [3] [4]

Production

Melbourne-based production company Princess Pictures and Chris Lilley produced the series with Australian Broadcasting Corporation and HBO. The show was shot at Haileybury College, Melbourne. [5]

Broadcast and reception

Private School Girl debuted on ABC1 in Australia on 23 October 2013, [6] and on HBO in North America on 24 November 2013. [7] BBC Three began broadcasting the series in the UK on 6 February 2014 at 10pm. [8]

Viewing figures on ABC were initially high at 924,000 viewers, but had dropped to 575,000 by the fourth episode. The series was, however, a success on ABC iview, beating earlier records set by Doctor Who . [9]

Critical reaction has been mixed for the series. Laurence Barber of The Guardian blamed a lack of character development for its drop in popularity in Australia, believing "Lilley has made it almost impossible for us to care." [9] Reviewing the shows broadcast on HBO, Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter criticised the transition from sketch to series saying: "You'd have to be the biggest of Ja'mie fans to want to watch her talking nonstop for 30 minutes." [10] After the show's premiere in the United Kingdom, Rebecca Smith of The Daily Telegraph praised the comedy of the first episode as well as Lilley's performance, yet believed it was "in danger of becoming one-dimensional." [11]

Characters

Ja'mie King

Ja'mie King, portrayed by Chris Lilley, is the main character of the show. She was also a main character in two of Lilley's previous shows, We Can Be Heroes and Summer Heights High . Ja'mie: Private School Girl follows Ja'mie in her final year of school, having left Summer Heights High and returned to Hillford Girls Grammar School. [3]

Mitchell

Mitchell Ward, portrayed by Lester Ellis Jr., is Ja'mie's love interest. A new Year 10 student on a rugby scholarship who Ja'mie calls “totally quiche”, at the boys’ school Kelton Boys Grammar down the road.

Prefects

The Prefects are Ja'mie's friend group at school and the most popular clique at Hilford. They are self-described as the quichest girls at the school, "quiche" being a term made up by Ja'mie herself, meaning "a step above hot". All the girls are expelled at the end of episode 6 after they give a raunchy performance at the Hilford Presentation evening. They all enroll with Ja'mie at Blaxland College, shown in the 6-month skip.

Courtney

Courtney, portrayed by Madelyn Warrell, is Ja'mie's younger sister who also attends Hilford. She is the subject of a lot of Ja'mie's abuse, particularly over her singing in the school choir. She and her friend Selena (Thi Reynolds) film Ja'mie's risqué dance performance with Mitchell.

Cody

Cody Bomhoff, portrayed by Alex Cooper, is Ja'mie's "GBF" (Gay Best Friend). He attends Kelton Boys Grammar and is the first to inform Ja'mie about the arrival of Mitchell. He takes dance class at Hilford with Ja'mie due to Kelton not having a class. He is responsible for Ja'mie's rebel makeover in episode 5 and he also accompanies her to visit Kwami for the last time.

Other characters

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateAustralian viewers
1"Episode 1" Chris Lilley and Stuart McDonaldChris Lilley23 October 2013 (2013-10-23)920,000 [12]
Ja'mie is 17 and in the last few months of her schooling at Hillford Girls Grammar. As school captain, she and her prefects perform a dance at assembly to honour some elderly Hillford Girls alumni who are visiting as part of centenary celebrations. However, they are reprimanded by Mr Hayes for their risqué dance moves and the fact their bras are showing. Ja'mie reveals that she has ditched her friends Brianna, Emma & Mel (previously seen in We Can Be Heroes and Summer Heights High ), as she has gained weight. Ja'mie now has a new group of friends whom she describes as all being 'quiche', a word she made up, meaning hotter than hot. Ja'mie also reveals that she is still working in the community, visiting the African refugees and reading to her teenage Ugandan friend Kwami over Skype, who lives in Western Sydney. She believes herself to be the ideal Hillford Girl, and thus deserving of the Hillford Medal, awarded to the student who is considered the best student in Year 12. The girls discuss the erecting of a statue of this year's Hillford Medal winner, all believing that Ja'mie will win. Later at the bus stop in front of Kelton Boys Grammar, Ja'mie's talks to her gay BFF Cody. He informs her of the arrival of Mitchell, a hot rugby scholarship student in Year 10 of whom Ja'mie immediately becomes infatuated with. She drives home with her mother and sister, almost crashing the car due to arguing with her sister and mother whilst texting. At home, Ja'mie and her friends manage to persuade Ja'mie's father to agree to let Ja'mie throw a party at their house. She invites Mitchell.
2"Episode 2"Chris Lilley and Stuart McDonaldChris Lilley30 October 2013 (2013-10-30)880,000 [13]
After Kwami sends Ja'mie a dick pic, she talks about it at school with her friends. The girls then talk about Mitchell. She names her upcoming party "The Perfect Prefect Party" and invites all the Year 12 students except all the boarders and most of the Asians. Ja'mie practises her HSC dance solo and competes against her rival, Erin, a boarder whom Ja'mie is convinced is a lesbian. In a ploy to get more attention from Mitchell, Ja'mie does a solo dance for him at school, which is interrupted by a teacher who sends him off the premises because boys are not allowed in the school.
3"Episode 3"Chris Lilley and Stuart McDonaldChris Lilley6 November 2013 (2013-11-06)590,000 [14]
Ja'mie takes in Kwami, as her "project." She brings him to Hillford, where she makes a speech and introduces him. He performs a dance, then she shows him around the school. She brings him to her house, to live there for a month. The boarders try to crash the Perfect Prefect Party, but are kept out and they trade insults with Ja'mie at her front gate. While she is sitting next to Mitchell, she falsely claims that they hooked up and are now an item. She changes her Facebook status accordingly.
4"Episode 4"Chris Lilley and Stuart McDonaldChris Lilley13 November 2013 (2013-11-13)580,000 [15]
Ja'mie claims that she is now officially 'dating' Mitchell. One day, Mitchell's Facebook relationship status reads "single," along with an update saying he was hanging out with Ja'mie's best friend, Madison. Ja'mie confronts Madison, who says that she and he kissed, and that he and Ja'mie were never an item. The two girls fight verbally and physically, and Ja'mie falls into a depression. She asks Mitchell if he kissed Madison; he says yes, and that and that he did not think that they were exclusive. Madison and Mitchell become a couple. Ja'mie says that she tried her mother's antidepressants, but they did not work. Cody tells Ja'mie that she needs a makeover to make her feel better. She agrees and decides that a slutty, rebellious look and attitude will suit her.
5"Episode 5"Chris Lilley and Stuart McDonaldChris Lilley20 November 2013 (2013-11-20)640,000 [16]
Ja'mie is in trouble with the school and her father after an illicit Skype video is made public, wherein she shows her breasts to Kwami while wearing the school uniform and singing the school song. Kwami is kicked out of the King household. He tells Ja'mie that he loves her and he makes it clear that he wants to have sex with her. She rejects him and tells him that the only reason that she invited him to stay at her house was to improve her chances of winning the Hillford Medal. Mitchell texts Ja'mie a dick pic. Ja'mie tells Madison, and shows her the pic. Ja'mie falsely claims that he said several insulting things about Madison to her. Ja'mie suggests to Madison that she dump him, which she says that she will do. Ja'mie tells Madison that she wants to be best friends with Madison again, which she agrees to. Erin tells Ja'mie that she is being awarded the Hillford Medal, which Ja'mie is furious about.
6"Episode 6"Chris Lilley and Stuart McDonaldChris Lilley27 November 2013 (2013-11-27)620,000 [17]
Unhappy with the decision to award the Hillford Medal to Erin rather than her, Ja'mie makes a scene on stage at presentation night by claiming that she should have received it instead, and that she was denied it because she had an interracial relationship. She arranges for Madison to show on a large screen the video of Ja'mie exposing her breasts. Ja'mie is joined onstage by the prefects. All the girls take their dresses off, and Ja'mie also takes her bra off. Ja'mie and all the prefects are expelled, so they did not get their HSCs. Ja'mie lands at Kelton in a helicopter and kisses Mitchell. She later dumps him for grinding against her and sending her dick pics. She does aid work in Uganda. Ja'mie and all the prefects join a mixed state school, Blaxland College (where the students do not wear uniforms), to re-do their HSCs. Ja'mie is in a lesbian relationship with Astrid, who is also a student at Blaxland.

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryRecipients and nomineesResult
2014 Logie Awards [18] [19] Most Popular Light Entertainment Program Ja'mie: Private School GirlNominated
Most Popular Actor Chris LilleyWon
Most Outstanding Actor Nominated

Home video releases

SeriesSet details DVD release datesSpecial features
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
  • 2 discs
  • 6 episodes
5 August 2014 [20] 16 June 2014 [21] 28 November 2013 [22]
  • Deleted scenes
  • Bloopers
  • Behind-the scenes featurettes

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