UNDERBELLY and SUMMER HEIGHTS HIGH scooped this year’s AFI awards taking home eight of a
possible ten awards in the Television category, with UNDERBELLY awarded a phenomenal six awards
including Best Television Drama Series. SUMMER HEIGHTS HIGH’s Chris Lilley was also awarded the
prestigious Byron Kennedy Award and accepted awards for Best Television Comedy Series and Best
Performance in a Television Comedy.
These awards cement what has been an exceptional year for Australian television and these two series’
in particular. Since its release in August UNDERBELLY [UNCUT] has sold close to 350,000 units, becoming
the highest selling TV series on DVD in Australian history, with SUMMER HEIGHTS HIGH following as a
And with only a few weeks left until the end of the year it looks like UNDERBELLY [UNCUT] will become
the highest selling DVD of 2008, beating Hollywood blockbusters such as Mamma Mia and Indiana Jones
and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, despite still being unavailable to residents of Victoria.
Also receiving an award was THE HOLLOWMEN for Best Screenplay in Television and THE CASTLE was
voted Australia’s Favourite Film, beating other classics including Priscilla Queen of the Desert and