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Rake on campus


11 July 2013

Dr Dianne Fisher, Technical Operations and Building Manager in the School of Molecular Bioscience, with Rake stars Rhys Muldoon (left) and Richard Roxburgh (right).


The University's Molecular Bioscience Building found itself in the glare of TV lights last week when the ABC visited the Darlington Campus to shoot scenes for its hit legal drama Rake.

The star of the series, Richard Roxburgh, spent around five hours with other cast members filming scenes in an academic's office and research lab.

Dr Dianne Fisher, Technical Operations and Building Manager in the School of Molecular Bioscience, helped the shoot run smoothly.

"I'm used to all the complex equipment in a lab, but it was very interesting to see how much technical equipment the ABC needed to bring in to film," says Dianne.

"There were so many people each doing their special job: people for lights, people for makeup, people to yell 'quiet', plus a whole lot more. It was fascinating to see how many different angles they used to shoot each scene.

The ABC approached Justine Wahlin in the University Venues team earlier in the year to see if we could provide a suitable location for an episode in the third series of Rake, and the 1970s Molecular Bioscience Building overlooking Cadigal Green provided just what they were looking for.

Despite watching the scenes on the monitors while filming was in progress, Dianne refused to reveal any plot spoilers.

"All I can say is that the scenes should be aired towards the end of the year on the ABC."