We Can Be Heroes (The Nominees)
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All six episodes of the mockumentary comedy series created and performed by Australian comedian Chris Lilley, which takes a satirical look at the search for the 'Australian of the Year'. The five contenders for the title are all played by Lilley: Phil, a policeman turned rescue hero who becomes a motivational speaker after saving nine children from a runaway jumping castle; Ricky, a Chinese physics genius and aspiring actor who plays the lead in a musical about Aborigines; Ja'mie, a self-promoting private schoolgirl who shows off by sponsoring 85 Sudanese refugees; and Daniel and Nathan, twin farm boys embarking on the world's first eardrum transplant.
We Can Be Heroes is the predecessor to Chris Lilley's hilarious mockumentary creation Summer Heights High. Once again Lilley stars as the five main characters, all nominees for the Australian Of The Year award, in a mockumentary format which flits between nominees as they await the ceremony. Daniel Sims is a 17-year old aspiring beat-boxing farmer who is about to undergo pioneering surgery to donate an ear-drum to his deaf twin brother Nathan... much to Nathan's disinterest. Phil Olivetti is an ex-police officer whose accidental bravery in a fly-away bouncy castle incident and subsequent fleeting fame, has given him delusions of grandeur (not helped by his 'impressive' hand-span). Middle-aged housewife Pat Mullins has found a novel way of overcoming her physical disability (she has one leg shorter than the other), 'rolling'. Imbued with a new purpose and support from her loving husband Terry, Pat plans to roll all the way from Perth to Uluru. Chinese physics student Ricky Wong has been nominated for his work in solar energy, although it soon becomes clear that his heart really lies in performing arts - in particular to his Chinese Theatre Group's production of 'Indigeridoo' a musical about Aborigine history. Fans of Summer Heights High will recognise Ja'mie King, a self-promoting private school girl. Nominated for her contribution to 'Global Vision', Ja'mie sponsors 85 Sudanese children (depending on how often they write to thank her) and takes part in a weekly '40 Hour Famine' for charity and to stay 'hot'.
What makes We Can Be Heroes stand out from the comedy crowd is Lilley's flawless talent for character-acting and mimicry. With relatively minimal costume/make-up, the show doesn't go to great lengths to disguise the fact that a grown man is playing a schoolgirl therefore each characters' believability is a marvel in itself. Subtle, innovative, surprisingly poignant and downright hilarious, it's no wonder that the show's cult following is steadily growing.
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A number of potential Australian Hero award winners get their chance to explain why they ought to be the winner, and you get to see them in their own home environments. I won't give anything away, because that is the magic of this series. You get to see the characters through their own eyes, whilst you get to see what you feel about them as they talk utter nonsense much of the time.
But the real wonder is that Chris Lilley plays all of these potential national heroes, and manages to bring more diversity from each part than you would find in all of Ricky Gervais' characters in all of him films and programmes. In short, Lilley is a multi-character genius on a scale not seen since Alec Guiness in Kind Hearts and Coronets - Digitally Restored (80 Years of Ealing) [Blu-ray]  or Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb [Blu-ray] [Region Free].
You'll find yourself wanting to see Lilley's other programmes after this, although I haven't had the chance to see Angry Boys [DVD] yet - it has only just arrived.
This series is a triumph and a real insight into the human psyche. A fantastic piece of work that stands on a par beside SHH without being overshadowed by it.
There are over 2 hours of extras that are just as entertaining and hilarious as the show itself.
Chris Lilley is a genius and everything he touches seems to turn to gold. Each character is completely believeable and utterly funny!
The dvd got to me very fast even before the date I it had said!
If you have not seen Summer Heights High then this is a great place to start and if you have, well you will love it.
Thoroughly recommended for fans of Chris Lilley or just comedy fans in general.
This DVD came before Summer Heights High, if I were you I would buy both (I did!).
Lilley plays 6 original (and very true-to-life) characters in this 'mockumentary' from Pat - a pioneer in the sport of rolling, to Ricky - a young Chinese physics genious who just wants to act, as well as Ja'mie - a 16-year-old-private-school-girl whose character is carried on in the 'Summer Heights High' series (another DVD to go in the shopping basket while you're at it).
I want to strongly advise everyone to buy this product, just give it a try; its a very reasonablt price and the worst that can happen is you don't find it particularly funny - however I garantee that won't happen! So, go on buy it and show your support to Australian comedy.