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Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by byso, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

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    Summer Heights High episode upsets ecstasy death familyBy Lisa Capozzi
    September 21, 2007 09:41am

    Episode featured death of girl named 'Annabel'
    Parents of Annabel Catt switched off in disgust
    ABC to apologise but defends show's creator

    THE parents of a woman who died after taking a party drug had to walk away from their TV in disgust while watching Wednesday's episode of the ABC's hit show Summer Heights High, which featured a storyline about the ecstasy death of a blonde student with the same name.

    The ABC will make a public apology to Peter and Alison Catt, the parents of Elanora Heights dance teacher Annabel who died in February.

    See an excerpt from the show featuring Mr G singing about Annabel's death:


    While it has agreed to end next week's program with a message to the local family, the broadcaster is refusing to pull the the remaining shows that continue the storyline of beautiful blonde teenager "Annabel Dickson".
    A photo of the character, which even looks like Annabel, was used in the episode, with drama teacher Mr G using the death as fodder for a school musical promoted as "One girl, one pill, one hell of a night".

    It included songs with the lyrics, "She's a party girl with a bad habit for drugs ... when girls take drugs and then they die, who would have thought at Summer Heights High".

    Mr and Mrs Catt said the episode had caused their family enormous distress and they had called on the ABC to pull future episodes of the series which continue the ecstasy death storyline.

    Annabel, 20, died on February 18 after taking an ecstasy tablet - later found to be the deadly drug PMA - at a Good Vibrations music festival.

    The show also caused great anguish yesterday for staff and students at Annabel's former school, Narrabeen Sports High.

    Acting principal Roger Dawson said staff and students were very distressed.

    Mr and Mrs Catt said: "We and many others immediately drew the conclusion the episode was making a comparison to our beloved daughter.

    "This was done by naming the deceased in the show Annabel Dickson, describing her as blonde and beautiful and showing a picture that had a resemblance to our daughter."

    The ABC described the similarities as an unfortunate coincidence.

    "All filming of Summer Heights High finished on February 7 this year - 11 days prior to the tragic death of Annabel Catt on February 18," ABC-TV director Kim Dalton said.

    "ABC TV and the producer have both contacted the Catt family to explain the situation and to apologise for the extremely unfortunate coincidence that our fictional character has the same first name."

    An ABC spokeswoman confirmed the distressing parallels were known to the corporation. "We had finished production, it was all done. Of course we knew, the world knew, it was all over the newspapers. There was nothing we could do about it."

    Asked why the Catt family were not told before the program aired, the spokeswoman declined to comment.

    Annabel's older brother, Antony, said the show had "opened a massive wound" for his already traumatised family. "Shock, disbelief, anger - I could use a lot of adjectives to describe how I felt," he said.

    "They have known about Annabel for months and they gave us no forewarning to say it's a terrible mistake and say sorry.

    "We've got another five episodes of comparisons being drawn between this character and my little sister.

    "This is the first time I have been genuinely angry since Annabel died."

    The show's creator and main actor, Chris Lilley, 32, was not available for comment.
     
  2. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    They should have just called the character Anna Wood.
     
  3. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    That show is hilarious. Dont believe what you read in the media byso, the idea has merit. It may be a satire show, which probably prevents you from understanding the subtext in the show but essentially it is a fair reflection of a lot of public schools in Australia, if only the government could provide some more funding hey.

    Maybe, just maybe this show has a point, think "The chaser"
     
  4. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    Byso wants to re-make his point that Ecstasy will kill you.
     
  5. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    PMA and Ecstasy are two different things!

    MDMA vs PMA
     
  6. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Not only that, Summer Heights was actually finished before the death. I know someone who worked on the show.

    It is an unfortunate co-incidence so not at all poor by the ABC
     
  7. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    yeah, but does he know that?
     
  8. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    byso barely knows his ass from a hole in the ground
     
  9. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    BUWAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHA...it's so funny because it's so true !!! :yeah: :yeah: :yeah:
     
  10. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

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    No reference to the drug at all Mata.

    I watched the show and while I found it ammusing at times.
     
  11. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    "I watched the show and while I found it ammusing at times."

    does anyone else get confused reading this sentence?
     
  12. CliffyIsGod

    CliffyIsGod Well-Known Member

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    Exactly right, Dan. SHH was finished before Anable died.

    Love the show. Jonah is class.
     
  13. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Jonah is hilarious very well done.

    I definitely had one or two kids like that in some of my classes
     
  14. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

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    Guess I was too quick to get to the pub. :cop:

    Should’ve been, I watched the show and I found it amusing at times.
     
  15. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    Much better :)
     
  16. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    I was too busy watching YouPorn to notice the show.

    Speaking of YouPorn, I was watching this download of this guy that looked exactly like Byso. We walks into a room naked, and I'm thinking, where's the chick? He walks up to his bedside table, picks up a 1.25 litre bottle of coke, and soundly stuffs it up his butt.

    "Yep", I thought.

    Byso. Byso for sure... ;)
     
  17. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    You really should read before you hit the reply button Rhino.

    "We walks into a room naked",!! WTF :)
     
  18. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    We meaning him walking, me watching....hehehe
    does that get me out of it?
     
  19. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    no thats even creepier, thinking of you watching Byso naked :)
     
  20. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    Why not? Everyone sees me that way after a beer or two...hehehe

    But your right - that's different.

    My frame is pallatable.
    Byso's on the otherhand...anyone seen that episode of Futurama when Bender turns into a human?
     

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