Pamela Rabe | Radiotimes.com interview about Wentworth Season 8 Part 1 and Part 2

Wentworth Prison star teases “pressure cooker” season 8 finale and 2021’s last ever episode

Johnaton Hughes published an exclusive interview for radiotimes.com today:

Pamela Rabe also reveals how the hit Australian drama kept calm and carried on through two Melbourne lockdowns.

After weeks of violence, twists and tension, Wentworth Prison reaches its explosive eighth season finale on Wednesday 7th October on 5STAR, and stakes for the inmates could not be higher as the show edges towards the last ever episode in 2021.

The gritty Australian drama, a reboot of cult favourite Prisoner: Cell Block H, was saved from the axe in 2018 by campaigning fans who persuaded Foxtel network not to lock up the show and throw away the key as originally planned.

Committing to two more years to complete the story and bringing iconic villain Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson back from the dead, Wentworth Prison is now on the home stretch to its final season – so what can we expect from this week’s sign-off?

“There is a sense of pressure from the repression of Joan’s amnesia,” says Pamela Rabe, the award-winning actress who plays Joan, speaking exclusively to RadioTimes.com. Read More

Pamela Rabe | Interview for metro.co.uk about the final Wentworth season

Metro Interview: Wentworth Prison star Pamela Rabe only returned if Joan and Vera would have scenes

Duncan Lindsay shared his latest exclusive interview with Pamela Rabe for Metro.co.uk earlier today:

Wentworth Prison star Pamela Rabe reveals what made her return and her favourite scene

No character’s journey in any recent TV show has been quite as complex and morbidly fascinating as that of Joan Ferguson in Australian prison drama hit Wentworth. And during the eighth season, we have seen a much more vulnerable and challenging side to the character, who has lost almost everything about her and is certain that she is Kath Maxwell.

It’s something that Pamela Rabe, the majorly talented star behind the icon (or is it the other way round?) found highly difficult as she returned – but it was a process she enthused to Metro.co.uk that she thoroughly enjoyed.

She smiled: ‘As I’ve said to you before, it’s always a joy with that group of people. It comes with all its challenges – when they push the character to extraordinary extremes and take away her memory, it’s hard to hold on to a character who is credibly the same person for the audience.

‘So we had to make decisions on which characteristics, qualities and appearance remained the same even if her memory of her actions had disappeared. It was a great challenge – I wouldn’t call it a joy but exciting and good, hard work!

Joan/Kath has been on an incredible journey (Picture: Channel 5)

‘We’re all like that here. As every season builds to a finale, there’s always someone going through high octane laundry press moments – Danielle (Cormack), Nicole (da Silva), Tammie (MacIntosh) – we all go through it. It was my turn for it to come round! Read More

Pamela Rabe Wentworth Seasojn 8 Finale Foxtel Interview

Foxtel Interview: Wentworth Season 8: Part 1 Finale – Pamela Rabe On The Freak’s Freak Out!

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

Wow, what a journey it’s been for the character who came back from the dead! After we were teased with a glimpse of Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson, played by Pamela Rabe, in last season’s finale of Wentworth, this year she returned to our screens, although much different to what we’d seen before.

After being mugged in episode two, she claimed to have no memory of who she was or what she’d done – something plenty of people (including fans!) doubted. However, in the final moments of the gripping finale to season eight’s Part 1, it appeared that Joan was speaking the truth as we witnessed her horrified realisation of her past evil deeds. In a twist, however, this has occurred after her committal hearing, where it’s already been decided that she’s in a fugue state. It’s a situation ripe for the character to use to her advantage.

Pamela Rabe talks to us about her character’s return to the show, her journey in the first part of season eight and what it bodes for her in the second and final instalment!

Foxtel Insider: What appealed to you about returning to play Joan, who we all thought was dead?

Pamela Rabe: The first thing that appealed to me was just the opportunity to work with who I consider the most wonderful work family I’ve ever had the pleasure and privilege to collaborate with. I just wanted to make sure that the reasons for her return were grounded in something that could be credible for an audience and that’s tricky when she’s required to handle some of the more gothic, melodramatic aspects of the storylines.

Having said that, it was just then a really great challenge to be able to tackle: who is she if she’s not the person that she and the audience remembers? It ended up becoming very rewarding, learning about the aspects of this character that we’d all created, how they would manifest, you know, without some of the obvious things like the black gloves and the glint in her eye.

Pamela Rabe in Wentworth Season 8 | Edit by www.Pamela-Rabe.com

Insider: For pretty much the entire season of Part 1, no-one – neither the characters in the show nor the fans! – knew whether she really did have amnesia. How did you approach playing that?

Pamela: I think probably the same way that Joan would if she was trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes! But that’s actually the dilemma for her, really, isn’t it? The little girl who cried wolf. If you’ve been a master at playing people and playing games, how do you convince people that you’re not? [However] even with memory loss, she’s still the same person and she has the same intelligence and knowledge of the world in a way – she just doesn’t remember aspects of her own behaviour. She understands that she is not to be believed in a dangerous place where the alliances that you make and the things that you do really affect your survival rate. It’s a real dilemma but, as I say, a delicious one to tackle.

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Pamela Rabe 'Scaring people is wonderful' TV Week Interview 2020

TV Week Interview “It’s fun being evil” – Pamela Rabe on The Freak’s reign of terror

‘Scaring people is wonderful’
Pamela Rabe, the woman behind “The Freak”, speaks out

The make-up room on the set of Wentworth, has a row of headshots of all the cast. At some point during shooting the latest season, the cast started replacing the photos of themselves with photos of themselves as young children. Pamela Rabe, who plays Joan “The Freak” Ferguson, stuck up a photo of herself as a four-year-old. “I’m gazing at the camera with a very Joan Ferguson expression with a lollipop in my mouth,” Pamela, 61, tells TV WEEK with a laugh. “I’ve just realised that look has obviously been in my arsenal for a very long time!”

That expression has terrified and enthralled Wentworth fans ever since Joan arrived as the prison’s new governor in the show’s second season. She’s quite possibly the scariest woman on TV, something Pamela thinks is “wonderful”.

“You try to tell stories that people can be engaged with and entertained by, but also to feel something,” she says. “So if people feel scared, that’s as good as anything.”

There are times when Pamela has witnessed the fear on people’s faces when they’ve seen her standing in front of them.

“Just occasionally you get a little squeal, a little hand clasped over the mouth,” she says.

Growing up in Canada, Pamela was still very young when she realised that baddies were the most fun to play on stage or screen.

“I played Goldilocks in kindergarten and that didn’t go well,” she remembers. “In second grade, I was handed the Queen in Alice In Wonderland, and I thought, ‘Oh, there’s no turning back from this.”‘ Read More

Pamela Raabe and Wentworth Short News August 24 - September 04 2020

Last week’s short news

Here are the latest short news/interviews/photos of Pam and Wentworth:

  • Last day of filming
  • Herald Sun Interview
  • TV Tonight interview with Marcia Gardener
  • Metro interview
  • Wentworth S8E7 Spoiler Pics

LAST DAY OF FILMING WENTWORTH

Filming ended yesterday (September 4) for good. Pino Amenta shared this pic on his Twitter account saying:
“Last day of Shooting on Wentworth. What a glorious experience it’s been working with such wonderful people. Will miss the whole damn thing! Very emotional day, thanks to every single one of them. Xxxx”

Photo by Pino AmentaKatrina Milosevic, Kate Box, Kate Jenkinson, Leah Purcell and Pamela Rabe


HERALD SUN (24 August 2020)

‘Gift’ keeps on giving

Pamela Rabe says it has been a "gift" to play the character of Joan "The Freak" Ferguson on WentworthPamela Rabe says it has been a “gift” to play the character of Joan “The Freak” Ferguson on Wentworth. The Foxtel prison drama has two weeks left of filming in Melbourne on its final season, to air next year. “I certainly will (miss it),” Rabe (right) said. “Not only because it’s an absolute gift of a role, but because this is a very special work family. “A lot of rigorous COVID safe protocols are in place … it’s deepened the bonds and the admiration I have for this whole team. I’ll miss that very much and I’m not deluded about how special that is.” Rabe says to expect more edge-of-your-seat drama. “We’ve always said the main character of Wentworth was the prison itself,” she said. “It’s very exciting and it’s been an extraordinary time.” Wentworth continues on Fox Showcase Tuesday nights.

Source: heraldsun.com.au


TV TONIGHT (31 August 2020)

Marcia Gardner about Pam:

Gardner nominates Season 7’s siege and the burial of Joan Ferguson (Pamela Rabe) amongst her personal highlights. The latter was a storyline she always planned to revisit.

“When we buried her alive I said to Pam, ‘It’s our intention to bring you back. We just need to rest the character for a couple of seasons.’ It was always my intention to bring her back. The only tricky bit was figuring out a way of doing it!”

Rabe’s cameo at the end of Season 7 was filmed belatedly, after Foxtel’s initial decision to conclude the series was reversed. Gardner reveals producers had actually filmed final scenes to wrap up characters (which were never screened) at the end of the siege. But she was also hopeful it would resume.

You can read the full interview here


METRO

Wentworth spoilers: Pamela Rabe reveals surprise twist and horror as Joan Ferguson returns to the prison

It’s a nightmare that Vera Bennett, Will Jackson and Jake Stewart never imagined they would have to relive but thanks to the input of dominating Ann Reynolds, Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson is returning to Wentworth Prison. The trio of officers throught they had successfully killed and buried the former governor but of course, no one can topple the mighty Joan quite so easily. So it was no surprise that when she was bludgeoned in the midst of planning her revenge that she would survive. Currently believing herself to be a person called Cath – someone who she killed and stole the identity of – it’s unknown whether Joan is playing an act or has genuine amnesia.

But the thought of her returning to her teal uniform is filling Vera, Will and Jake – not to mention top dog Allie and the fellow prisoners – with horror. And there are some twists to come for the remainer of the series. Pamela Rabe, aka the mighty Freak herself, told Metro.co.uk: ‘Everyone will know that there’s a few people who should watch their backs. The way that plays out is not what people will expect – or the characters. ‘There are such interesting twists and turns. The fact that Joan has been gone for two seasons – other than haunting Will Jackson. In that time, there’s new and wonderful characters with no knowledge of her history. ‘So it depends what she chooses to present to them – there’s a whole gannet of people who have blood under the bridge with Joan but a lot of newbies too. So there’s a very interesting dynamic!’

Pamela Rabe | Wentworth S8

As those who know Joan quiver and fear – and those not connected such as Lou and Marie seek an opportunity – who will Joan manipulate and who will she destroy? Kate Jenkinson, who plays Allie, knows that her alter ego has a hell of a job on her hands when it comes to protecting the women from Joan. She told us: ‘I think that the news that Ferguson is alive is probably the last thing that Allie ever expected to hear. That was one part of her history and a huge part of her grief that was buried. She was able to find some resolution and closure because she believed The Freak to be dead. ‘The news that she is alive, I feel it’s a sucker punch to Ally’s gut. It raises so many questions – where has she been, what’s going to happen? She is apprehended – is she coming back to Wentworth and what will Allie have to deal with? Of course, underlying all of that clear danger is the very real and raw grief that she has over Bea. ‘The character of Ferguson is so closely link to her feelings with Bea and that unresolved grief, I think that it’s literally going to turn Allie’s world upside down – as if she didn’t have enough to deal with Lou and Marie. ‘Now she has the person who killed her love and who is a threat to everyone is re-entering the prison walls – it’s a waking nightmare and it quickly unravels her. Ferguson is the person that she hates most in the world…’ And with Allie already on edge after a dramatic showdown with another prisoner, she comes face to face with Joan – but how will they react to one another? Meanwhile, there may be a different dynamic altogether for her long time mortal enemy Vera – who reckons she can see right through the act and is determined that no-one falls for Joan’s deceit. After all, who knows her better than Vera? Kate Atkinson smiled as she told us: ‘Look, it’s an explosion of confusion, fear and horror which then is amplified by the fact she has a daughter to protect. There is also anger and ultimately she finds out how in the hell she got out of that box.

‘There are real dynamics between us – there is this weird attraction and compulsion between them. There are a lot of emotions – it introduces in Vera this fiery sense of combat and the desire to win, not cower in a corner. She kind of hates Ferguson but she kind of loves the game all of a sudden. It’s such fun to play that way. I love figuring my place in that so on we go! ‘What we like to say in Australia is this is a bit piss weak and cryptic – Ferguson is not going to be the Ferguson you think she is going to be and Vera is not going to be the Vera you think she is going to be. We love to play with moral ambiguity on Wentworth – they way these two women respond to each other is all about crossing moral lines. You won’t be disappointed.’

Source: metro.co.uk


Wentworth S8E7 Spoiler Photos

‘Battle Lines’

Darren from eastieoaks.com shared some great spoiler pics again earlier this week. You can find them here in the Wentworth S8 gallery and you can also download this wallpaper I made from them
Wentworth S8E7 Wallpaper
Pamela Rabe interview about FreakyTits

Pamela Rabe about “Freakytits” – ‘It’s very deliberate!’

Duncan Lindsay posted an exclusive interview with Pamela Rabe about Wentworth and the “FreakyTits” relationship for Metro.


Ever since Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson donned her leather gloves and strode into Wentworth Prison, there have been definite and undeniable vibes between her and Vera Bennett – and Pamela Rabe, who plays the returning former governor, has revealed that they love playing with that side of the relationship. With an almost Killing Eve edge to their cat and mouse relationship, the pair don’t only loathe each other but also seem to almost enjoy the chase, have a warped mutual respect and a real co-dependency. With some fans even shipping the pair as an end game couple, Pamela smiled when speaking with us at Metro.co.uk: ‘It was born out of the relationship that Kate and I found in the very first scenes we shot. We enjoyed each other as fellow performers and a dynamic was set up. ‘It was interesting and oddly co-dependant as a mentorship relationship. They found a level of trust and shared secrets. Kate and I get off on performing with each other so the fact we enjoy each others’ company probably fed into the writer’s room. So in time yes, it became very deliberate and we’re all very aware of it and enjoy playing with that.

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Pamela Rabe | Radiotimes Interview July 2020

Pamela Rabe praises fan power that saved show from the axe

Pamela Rabe also teases ‘the Freak’s’ return from the dead as “surprising and delicious”

Australian drama Wentworth Prison had its sentenced extended after fans campaigned to save it from the axe and secured another two seasons for the gritty reboot of cult favourite Prisoner: Cell Block H.

A final 20 episodes airing as two series of 10 will wrap up the hit show, with the shock return of iconic baddie Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson jump-starting season eight which begins on 5STAR from Wednesday 5th August.

The sadistic prison warden, and occasional inmate, was seemingly buried alive in 2017 as a punishment for her catalogue of crimes, but as glimpsed in the closing moments of the last season she has miraculously risen from the dead. In an exclusive interview with RadioTimes.com, Pamela Rabe reveals her character’s resurrection would not have been possible without the fans’ successful campaign to reverse the Foxtel network’s original decision to end at season seven.

Pamela Rabe | Wentworth Season 8 Episode 2“I’ve never known a response from the audience on this scale,” says the acclaimed actress, who won Australian TV’s most prestigious award, the Silver Logie, for the role in 2018. “As with the original Prisoner series the fan loyalty is incredible and seems to have been multiplied with our show.

“It reaches so many countries and different communities (it’s broadcast in 158 territories), people are touched by the show and affected by it. I credit the writers as they sprinkle scripts with catnip, there is a real binge-ability to it. I find myself watching one episode and I have to keep going, it’s very addictive.

“Season seven had all but wrapped which everyone thought would be the last, but after the fan outcry and maybe the awards we won, the network decided to give it one last hurrah. The writers always knew there was more to Ferguson’s story, and once the show was saved it was an opportunity to complete some unfinished business.” Read More

Pamela Rabe | The Return of The Freak

Return of The Freak

Pamela Rabe on set of Wentworth Season 8If Wentworth fans were shocked Joan “The Freak” Ferguson has come back from the dead they’re not alone. Pamela Rabe, who plays the psychotic governor-turned-prisoner, believed The Freak was, well, dead and bur-ied alive after leaving 2017’s cliffhanger in a coffin.

“I assumed Joan was gone, and she’d gone out with a bang,” Rabe said. “I was as surprised as anyone to get the phone call (to return to the show) but I’m thrilled it happened. I didn’t expect to come back to Wentworth, and I don’t think many of my fellow cast members knew until I rocked up to the set again.

“I always said to the producers I have no problem going, when you think the character has run its course, just let me know, but please let me go out with a bang. And I thought it can’t get better than that, that’s fabulous, but we’ll see.”

The new series sees The Freak continue her revenge on prison boss Vera Bennett. “That story’s not finished,” Rabe said. “There is some extraordinary stuff coming up.”

Wentworth: Redemption starts next Tuesday, with the first of 20 episodes which will see the drama end next year. The pandemic has seen all seven series of Wentworth being discovered — and rediscovered — by viewers.

This month Wentworth has been the third most viewed program on Foxtel’s on demand store, behind only Modern Family and Game Of Thrones. Wentworth Redemption, Foxtel Showcase, Tuesday, 8.30pm


Sunday Mail July 2020

Photos by Foxtel