The World Is Foaming Over Netflix’s Aussie Hit Heartbreak High

Call it the Bluey effect.

If there’s one thing in common between spirited heelers and brash Australian teens, it’s that the rest of the world can’t get enough of them.

from netflix high heartbreak revival is soaring up the charts, hitting number one in Australia a week after its release, but perhaps more importantly, it’s also gaining a worldwide following.

high heartbreak It was reportedly on Netflix’s Top 10 TV Shows list in 45 countries.

Is it Australian slang? Is it because everyone has to google what an “eshay” is? Or how loose are we on the C-bomb? Are our public high schools a little run down and our teachers a little fed up?

Or is it just the general vibe of teenagers being unapologetic and a bit abrasive and doing dumb things? Because that’s what teenagers do: they make mistakes, they say stupid things, they have sex and they use drugs.

There is an authenticity in the new series of high heartbreaka nonchalant attitude that declares there is no room for American seriousness here.

The series is also celebrated for its commitment to diversity and representation.

high heartbreakThe cast of characters from have varied lived experiences, including Quinni, a queer, autistic high school student played by an actor, Chloe Hayden, who is also autistic.

Hayden told ahead of the series’ launch: “I had no high school experience, I was homeschooled from year 8 onwards because high school sucks when you’re autistic.

“So to be able to have a high school experience through the eyes of an autistic person who had his place and found his people was really a really healing experience for me.”

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Hayden said that she was able to be an advocate for her character with the show’s creative timing. She revealed that at the conception of the series, Quinni was not written as an autistic character but as neurodivergent.

“We don’t really talk about the fact that she’s neuro-divergent. I’m like, ‘no, this is important,’” Hayden explained. “I didn’t see myself [on screen] growing. And it’s time for people to see themselves.

“Throughout [production] process, I would receive a call and [the filmmakers] it would be like ‘Oh, what do you think of this?’ And I’m like, ‘That’s not an autism thing, you just think that’s what autism is like because of what you’ve seen and can hear about autism, which isn’t real.'”

Hayden said that when he explained to the writers what an authentic experience would be like, they were always on the same page.

“They have done a beautiful thing by showing autism, in a way that is real. This is an autistic character, this is an autistic person. But she’s also funny, she’s smart, she’s best friends with her, and she’s her own person.”

In addition to Quinni, the other two main leads include Amerie (Ayesha Madon), a working-class character of non-white background, and Darren (James Majoos), a biracial, queer, non-binary student.

Other characters are bisexual, asexual, Chinese-Australian, indigenous, and more.

the rainbow that is high heartbreakThe characters of have really hit home for many of its fans, who have noted that the show’s spirit of inclusion isn’t just symbolic. Characterizations and stories have been developed to support those specific experiences.


Originally published as The World Is Foaming Over Netflix’s Australian Hit Heartbreak High

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