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Robert Rakete: On being an urchin, a substitute and a Wiggle…

Interview – 2014

Robert Rakete is a popular TV and radio host, and actor. His first acting role was on the kidult show Sea Urchins, which was followed by roles in Mortimer’s Patch and Loose Enz: The Protesters. Rakete has hosted or appeared in a range of TV shows, from music programmes CV and RTR, to Clash of the Codes and What Now? In 2014 he was invited to join the Australian children’s group The Wiggles for some guest appearances. 

In this ScreenTalk, Rakete talks about:

  • Having three months off school to be in Sea Urchins
  • Getting acting lessons on set from actor Ian Mune
  • Feeling a fraud during rehearsals for The Protesters
  • Learning that people take music too seriously while hosting pop show CV
  • Observing experienced TV presenters to learn how to present for RTR
  • Becoming the ‘go to’ guy when other presenters had time off
  • Community politics and his grandmother’s death on Hero Parade
  • Playing himself as a cartoon character on bro’Town
  • The incredible experience of becoming the Brown Wiggle for The Wiggles
This video was first uploaded on 26 May 2014, and is available under this Creative Commons licence. This licence is limited to use of ScreenTalk interview footage only and does not apply to any video content and photographs from films, television, music videos, web series and commercials used in the interview.
Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside