Rake - Series 1-5
On any single day, Cleaver Greene is described as many things. Whilst his ex-wife may call him ‘unreliable’, his son will call him ‘a mate’. To his learned friends at the bar table he is ‘a real wag’, to his jurors he is ‘hilarious’, and to most judges he is ‘an outrage’. To the Tax Office, he is ‘a defendant’; to a certain brothel owner ‘a legend’, and to his former cocaine dealer, ‘a tragic loss’. The clients he loves the most - the cases that thrill him - are those that appear to be utterly hopeless. There’s something about being on the wrong side of conventional wisdom that feels right to him, be it at the bar table or the dinner table. He does whatever it takes to defend and save life’s truly lost souls. And at the same time, he will struggle to save himself falling back into the abyss that has characterised most of his self-destructive adult life thus far.
In the second season of RAKE the bar gets even lower. Sadly that epicentre of chaos, Cleaver Greene, (Richard Roxburgh) has learned nothing from disaster. He is in the midst of a wild affair with a woman whose position makes her a very dangerous liaison. A powerful enraged husband joins Harry-Sorry-David (Matt Day) and the still furious Scarlett (Danielle Cormack) on the list of sworn enemies of Cleaver. His deepening debts require an onerous payment plan with another dangerous woman. Not entirely convenient, as ex-wife Wendy (Carolyn Brazier) may be warming romantically. And then theres Missy (Adrienne Pickering) gone, but with an undiminished capacity for surprise. Cleaver pushes the loyalty of Barney (Russell Dykstra) and Nicole (Kate Box) as he defends suicide bombers, psychotic schoolgirls, a pedantic chameleon, an international pariah and a serial bobbitter allegedly.
In Series Three, Cleaver languishes in prison, facing the consequences of his crimes and misbehaviours, while he awaits the outcome of his appeal. When the conviction is quashed at last, he discovers his world has grown even more chaotic in his absence. The proliferation of Royal Commissions, inquiries and corruption trials requires so many barristers, even Cleaver can find work. Over the series, Cleaver Greene finds himself inadvertently at the heart of a billion dollar moral, political and criminal dilemma.
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. 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.
Now an independent Senator in a crumbling Federal Parliament, will Cleaver step up to help Australia keep calm and carry on ... or add more chaos to his life and the lives of those around him?
One year on from taking up residency in Canberra as a Senator in Federal Parliament, Cleaver (Richard Roxburgh) has old foes and new. With the help of a VIP friend, a cabal of ComCar drivers and his usual double-jointed takes on law and morality, Cleaver's political career might just survive – if he's not killed by the Australian or US governments first.
With a suspected terrorist gas attack on New Parliament House, an unfortunate incident during a visit by US Defence Secretary Linus Potemkin (Anthony LaPaglia), calling for a banking boycott whilst dressed as a zebra, an assassination attempt, a defamation case, the fight to maintain an Aussie ice cream icon and the ever-rotating Prime Ministers and BuzzStay guests – none of Cleaver’s ensuing chaos has abated … but will he step up to help Australia keep calm and carry on – in this the final season of Rake.
|Film Genre||TV Comedy|
|Consumer Advice||Strong themes, sex scenes, coarse language, sexual references and drug use|
|Year of Release||2018|
|Primary Format - Movies/TV||DVD|