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Last seen dangling from a balloon drifting across the Sydney skyline, Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh) crashes back to earth - literally and metaphorically, when he’s propelled through a harbourside window into the unwelcoming embrace of chaos past. Fleeing certain revenge, Cleaver hightails it to a quiet country town, the reluctant member of a congregation led by a stern, decent reverend and his flirtatious daughter. Before long Cleaver’s being chased back to Sin City. But Sydney has become a dark place: terrorist threats and a loss of faith in authority have seen it take a turn towards the dystopian. When Cleaver finally emerges, he will be accompanied by a Mistress of the Black Arts, navigating a yellow brick road leading straight to our dark corridors of power. Twisting and weaving the stories of the ensemble of characters we’ve grown to love over three stellar seasons, Season 4 of RAKE continues the misadventures of dissolute Cleaver Greene and casts the fool’s gaze on all levels of politics, the legal system, and our wider fears and obsessions.

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Rake

Series listing
Rake series 1 2010
Rake series 2 2012
Rake series 3 2014
Rake series 4 2014
Rake series 5 2018

Cast

Richard Roxburgh - Matt Day - Adrienne Pickering - Danielle Cormack - Russell Dykstra - Caroline Brazier - Damien Garvey - Kate Box - Keegan Joyce - Tasma Walton - John Waters - Miriam Margolyes

Production Details

Production Completion
2016
Genre
Drama
Production Company
Essential Media and Entertainment

Sales

Australian Sales
ABC Commercial
International Sales
DCD Rights

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • AWGIE Awards
    (2016)

Screen News

TV DRAMA ABROAD - Part 8: Distributor DCD Rights' interest in Australian drama

DCD Rights handles sales on many Australian dramas, including The Slap from Matchbox Pictures, The Code from Playmaker Media, and Rake, Jack Irish Season One and The Principal from Essential Media and Entertainment. Once she has summarised DCD’s history in Australia, Nicky Davies Williams discusses the performance of each one.

24 Jun 2016
By Sandy George
SELLING FORMATS: HOT AIR OR HOLY GRAIL?

Exciting new stuff from ABC, SBS and Ten announced

ABC, SBS and Network Ten hear you, Australia. And similar to the other major networks, their line-up for 2016 features a wealth of home-grown drama and laugh-out-loud comedy.

25 Nov 2015
By Screen Australia
LOVED 2015? WAIT UNTIL 2016

SELLING FORMATS: HOT AIR OR HOLY GRAIL?

Many options for format rights to Australian shows have been sold abroad in the past five years, but that’s been the end of the road for the majority. Where production has occurred, very few have gone to a second series in the same territory, and generally that has to happen for there to be any chance of real upside.

04 Nov 2015
By Sandy George

SELLING FORMATS: HOT AIR OR HOLY GRAIL? - PART 1: IAN COLLIE ON RAKE

Ian Collie, partner/Head of Scripted at Essential Media and Entertainment, on the format rights to Rake - which have been optioned in the US and France.

07 Oct 2015
By Sandy George