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Australia Has Been Having A ‘Big Ol’ House Of Fun’ With Aunty Donna's New Netflix Series

10 December 2020 | 1:52 pm | Staff Writer

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In a year that found many binge-watching more than they’d ever imagined they would, local talent took the spotlight, with Netflix revealing one Aussie production in-particular was a huge hit.

While no exact figures have been unveiled, the streaming giant has noted that Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House Of Fun received a huge response in Australia and spent almost two weeks in its top ten list.

The Netflix end of year wrap also claims that Aussie shows Stateless, Love On The Spectrum and The New Legends Of Monkey “found audiences and hit the most popular lists around the world”.

The results for Big Ol’ House Of Fun follow comments Aunty Donna made last month while on The Green Room with Neil Griffiths podcast, with members Broden Kelly and Mark Samual Bonanno stating that Aussies need to start supporting local content more.

"I think Australians need to fucking start watching good shit," Kelly said.

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"It's the same with music. Like, put on King Gizzard... there's awesome creators out there and you should just take the time and effort to go and find them and watch their stuff.

"They don't have to be on networks either. They can be on YouTube or on podcasts or doing live shows.

"They're out there and if you go find them, you're gonna have an awesome time and you'll be rewarded because they'll be telling your Australian story. It's not The Crown, it's your story.

"We need to do a better job of supporting Australians who are doing good shit. But also, networks need to say 'We have a responsibility to show Australia' as well. For sure."

While Netflix was quick to point out its local successes, the report arrives at a time when the local content quota debate is at boiling point.

The Federal Government is currently considering a local content quota for Netflix and other streaming services "that currently have no obligation to produce original Australian content".

The proposed reforms would include a law that would require a percentage of Australian revenue made by streaming services to go back into local content.