Added 46 Behind the Scenes screenshots to the Wentworth Season 2 section. More coming soon.
Added this old photo of Pamela Rabe to The Red Devil Battery Sign section. Thanks to David Cooper for sending me such a treasure from 1980!
October 14, 1980: Tennessee Williams comes to the house for dinner. Roger Hodgman, who is directing the Vancouver Playhouse production of Williams’ late play The Red devil Battery Sign, brings him. With them come Williams’s current West End young man-companion and a perky student actress from UBC Roger seems to be currently dating (Roger’s wife Helen, the novelist, has left him for another woman, and she and her girlfriend, Barbara, who are soon to move to Australia, were round here recently for a riotous night of drinking—jaunty Australian reds that they brought with them—and hot-tubbing under the lodge-pole pines). Floyd St. Clair and David Watmough complete tonight’s group. Read more
Pamela Rabe in The Hunting Episode 1: pics or it didn’t happen for those who couldn’t watch it.
I won’t share the whole episode though… if you want to see the full ep (highly recommanded) go to https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/program/the-hunting – People outside of Australia will need a VPN to watch it.
UPDATE 15/08: Pamela’s parts in Episode 3 #shittyboys are now online
UPDATE 22/08: Video for Pam’s parts in Episode 4 is also online
To watch it or if you want more info about the new SBS show “The Hunting” click here.
There’s a new interview with Kate Atkinson about the Wentworth season finale on NT News. Here’s the part about Pam:
Apparently there is no coffin that can hold Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson. She is alive and well and living rough on the streets of Melbourne.
That’s how season seven of Wentworth ended, with The Freak surfacing just before the end credits, lurking around in a hoodie, keeping warm around a fire, no doubt plotting her revenge.
Fans of the show had closure on one of Australian TV’s most iconic characters of all time when what was believed to be Ferguson’s corpse was shown in this series.
Ferguson, played to perfection by Pamela Rabe (she joined the show in 2014), was being buried alive by prison guard Will Jackson (Robbie J Magasiva) in last season’s cliffhanger.
However Rabe will return to Wentworth for series eight, which starts filming in Melbourne in October.
Kate Atkinson, who plays The Freak’s one-time mentoree and full-time nemesis — prison governor Vera Bennett — is delighted.
She’s also delighted Vera, who spent the last episode of season seven pregnant and at gunpoint in a siege, made it out alive, with a daughter (born, of course, in the prison’s boiler room).
“I knew quite early on the writers had been strategizing to somehow work The Freak back into the story,” Atkinson says.
Pamela Rabe returns as Joan Ferguson for Wentworth Season 8 | Photo: Foxtel
“Pam Rabe and I have a very happy collaborative relationship. I don’t quite know what’s in store for us, but the Vera and Ferguson story is not finished. We’ve stayed in contact since she left the show but to have her back in the prison is beyond exciting. I can’t say anything but the writers pull off the most implausible things. How do you literally bring someone back from the dead? But they will. They’ve got some cunning and clever storylines for The Freak. It’s fascinating stuff.”
While there’s been some fan backlash to The Freak’s return, Atkinson says viewers should wait until the new episodes air next year to judge.
“The Freak brought a different dimension to the show. Wentworth has never pretended to be a documentary or social realism, it’s heightened, heightened drama. She just brought a whole other kind of theatrical height to this show. The writers loved playing with it. They’re teetering on the edge of the logic of how you make these things work but it works because they’ve told me how they’re doing it. And I think people want to go for the ride. If that means having Pamela Rabe back on your screens we should all be very happy.”
Atkinson says that final scene, with The Freak’s return, was kept deliberately top secret.
“There’s a few other people in that scene, but they’re all crew or writers or staff, so that no one would know The Freak was coming back. All it takes is one loose cannon. That was a very closed set.”
The full interview is available at ntnews.com.au
Almost had a heart attack after seeing the last few seconds of season 7! Best news 2019 so far! Check out this nowtolove.com.au article for everything about this fantastic Wentworth season finale + a short video of Joan’s return!
Jo Porter about the episode:
Deaths, shock returns and LOTS of tears… Everything that happened in that heartbreaking finale.
It’s shock, after shock, after shock in Wentworth’s explosive season finale!
And before you continue reading, we have to warn you:
MAJOR, MAJOR, MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD
Fans have been left reeling after the death of two inmates… and the shock return of The Freak!
That’s right. The Wentworth season seven finale has just aired, and it ended with the mother of all cliffhangers: the return of The Freak!
Just when we thought we couldn’t be any more flabbergasted, along came a final scene, which showed Joan Ferguson (Pamela Rabe) alive and well, seemingly living rough and presumably quietly scheming her revenge.
We’ve got ACTUAL chills!
What this means for Will (Robbie Magasiva), Vera (Kate Atkinson) and Jake (Bernard Curry) is anyone’s guess. But all we can say is thank goodness this show got a last-minute reprieve and was picked up for another 20 episodes, because now we’ll actually get to find out!
It’s been more than two years since Pamela Rabe’s Wentworth character, Joan “The Freak” Ferguson was buried alive in the season-five finale. That’s a long time to come to terms with The Freak’s death.
And yet even the most cynical Wentworth fan will admit that every time the lights get low and the music drops, they’re half-expecting the character to come back from the dead.
So haunting was Pamela’s portrayal of the governor-turned-prisoner that Wentworth fans remain convinced The Freak is unkillable. Turns out, maybe they’re right.
“Well, is she gone?” Pamela asks with a laugh on the phone to TV WEEK, her voice still carrying hints of the menace that made Joan so unforgettable.
“I have no idea. If I did, I wouldn’t be able to say anything about it or I’d have to kill you.”
Pamela is joking – we hope – but for now, secrets around the future of Wentworth remain tightly guarded. But if the acclaimed show has taught us anything, it’s never say never.
“She was buried alive in the box, and who knows what will become of her? Who knows if she’s really gone?” the 60-year-old teases.
It’s clear, just listening to the actress talk about Wentworth, that the TV WEEK Logie Award-winning show still holds a special place in her heart.
Pamela Rabe in “The Hunting”, Video by sbs.com.au
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime job,” she says. “I know that – I think we all knew that.”
So even if The Freak is no more, she’s still very much alive in Pamela’s head, and the women she left behind remain in her thoughts.
“I have such admiration for the producers, directors and actors,” the actress says. “Particularly the writers for crafting with such care. And delivering narratives that place women front and centre – women of all shapes and sizes and moralities.”
With the season-seven finale having just aired, and another batch of episodes on the way next year, Pamela is tipping some familiar faces might bid farewell.
“People come, people go, people die, people get released – Wentworth is great because there’s a constant refreshing of characters and stories,” she explains.
“But there’s also a threat of constant danger for the few who’ve been there from the beginning.”
Guys, I have some of the best Pam-Buddies all over the world <3 My friend Iman from Florida attented the first official Wentworth Con last month to see Pamela Rabe and was kind enough to write a little review for my site. This is such a nice read for all the people (like me) who couldn’t go!
I also would like to take this opportunity to commemorate the recently deceased Bill Carnevale. He also attended the Con and passed away from a heart-attack last week. I chatted with him a few times and he was such a nice man! Whoever stole his signed poster (photo below) at the Con – I hope you’re proud of yourself.
Photo by Bill Carnavale
It’s been a little over a month since Wentworth Con in NJ. The event that I had been looking forward to for months. As soon as Pamela Rabe was announced as a guest, I made the decision to purchase a ticket to the event as well as a photo op.
I had been a fan of Wentworth for a few months so I couldn’t believe that this event was happening and being held only 30 minutes away! It seemed like fate and I couldn’t miss it. I requested off of work and re-arranged my schedule to make sure nothing could go wrong!
June 16th comes around and after a doctor’s appointment that morning (Only thing I couldn’t clear…ugh) I get to the event with my sister just in time for Kate Jenkinson’s Q&A. I squeal in excitement as I am handed my Photo Op ticket for Pamela Rabe. I am a huge fan of hers and I just couldn’t believe this was happening! Read More