Jonah Goes Back to School in Chris Lilley’s New HBO Series JONAH FROM TONGA, Premiering August 8 on HBO Canada

— July 4, 2014

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TORONTO (July 4,2014) – HBOCanada presents JONAH FROM TONGA, a new comedy series createdby and starring Australia’s Chris Lilley, creator of SUMMER HEIGHTS HIGH andJA’MIE: PRIVATE SCHOOL GIRL. The six-part, half-hour series premieresFriday, August 8 at 10 p.m.ET/MT on HBO Canada, day-and-date with HBO in the U.S., with two back-to-back episodes. When audiences last saw Lilley’sgroundbreaking character Jonah in SUMMER HEIGHTS HIGH, the troublemaking teen was expelled midway through the school year. JONAH FROMTONGA re-introduces viewers to therebellious teen who has now resumed his cringe-worthy antics at a Catholic highschool. Lilley’s most recent HBO series, JA’MIE: PRIVATE SCHOOL GIRL, iscurrently available on TMN GO, ShawGo Movie Central app,Bell TV app, Telus Optik on the go, and via on-demand platforms.

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JONAHFROM TONGA is thecontinuing story of Jonah Takalua, a rebellious Tongan teen who just can’t helphimself when it comes to stirring up trouble. After being expelled from SummerHeights High, Jonah’s father Rocky banished him to the island of Tongapatu tospend time with his extended family and get his life back together. Four monthslater, fed up with Jonah’s antics, his uncle sends him back to Sydney to enrolin Holy Cross School. Once again, the always impressionable Jonah finds himselfadapting to a new school and fending off new foes and other delinquents, allwhile trying to be a good boy.


JONAHFROM TONGA alsostars Tama Taualii as Moses, Isaia Noa as Rocky, Eigaiwe Hunt as Mary, LindaHoran as Aunty Grace, Jason Moleli as Manu, Lafaela Taualii as Israel, Tanalaasia as Sonny, Doug Bowles (Underground: The Julian Assange Story) asMr. Joseph, Meaghan Butler (The Top Floor) as Miss Hunt, Bryce Padovan(Burn Bright) as Graydon, Aliki Matangi (Galore)as George, Jane Reupena-Niko as Melody, Uli Latukefu(DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND) as Kool Kris, Dorothy Adams (THE DOCTOR BLAKE MYSTERIES) asSister Monica, and Belinda Sharp (Taj) asTherese.


JONAHFROM TONGA iscreated and written by Chris Lilley; executive produced by Chris Lilley andLaura Waters (IT’S A DATE); produced by Chris Lilley and Laura Waters; anddirected by Chris Lilley and Stuart McDonald (SUBURGATORY).















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