Pamela Rabe hitns people will suffer in Wentworth Season 8 Part 2 - coming 2021

Wentworth’s Joan star hints people will ‘suffer’ as villain’s memory finally returns

EXCLUSIVE for dailystar.co.uk: Wentworth Prison fans watched as Joan Ferguson finally remembered who she was after spending much of the eighth season believing she was Kath Maxwell, and actress Pamela Rabe promises plenty of fall out in the final season

Wentworth star Pamela Rabe has promised some suffering for the other characters in the final season after her character Joan Ferguson finally remembered who she really was.

In the season eight finale, which aired on 5STAR on Wednesday night, Joan had a breakthrough with her memory after believing she was Kath Maxwell since her head injury, and glimpses of her past – including her time in prison and as the governor – all flooded back.

The Australian prison drama will return for its final season next year and, while she refused to give too many spoilers, Pamela made one thing clear: Joan’s recovery will affect everyone.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Online, the 61-year-old said: “Now that you’re carrying all those parts of yourself at the same time, which bits will win and, if they manifest, how will they? Who will recognise it and who will be affected by it?

“Who will suffer from it – or even benefit from it?

“That’s really the crux of the dilemma she has now, if and when the old Joan will resurface.”

Joan’s memory returned after flashbacks from her childhood (Image: Freemantle)

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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 | Wentworth spin-off series coming?

Wentworth may be getting a spin-off series!

How Wentworth held us captive until the very end

Wentworth finished filming – forever – on September 4. A few days later the set, in the western suburbs of Melbourne, started being demolished.

“The Victorian Government have plans for that site, we always had to move out of there this year,” Wentworth producer Jo Porter tells SMARTdaily. “But we’ve relocated sites once before (the show’s first three seasons were filmed in Coburg.)”

The big question – is this really the end of Wentworth? The show returned to film 20 episodes to bring the hit drama to a conclusion. The first 10 episodes (filmed pre COVID) aired this year – episode 10 airs tomorrow – with the final 10 (filmed under COVID-safe restrictions) airing in 2021.

While the show’s intensely passionate fanbase still have another year of episodes to come, there’s already wishful thinking from fans about a spin-off.

Even Pamela Rabe, who returned as Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson this season told Smart “to be honest I think there’s still life in it yet. I wish those stories would keep going.”

Porter is leaving the door slightly open for some kind of continuation in the future.

Behind the scenes of Wentworth – Kate Jenkinson and Pamela Rabe. Pic: Jane ZhangBehind the scenes of Wentworth – Kate Jenkinson and Pamela Rabe. Pic: Jane Zhang

“Never say never,” Porter says. “It feels like this chapter of the show has finished. This season has had a big spike in audience domestically. We’re getting new audiences all the time. There’s a few characters who survive, there are possibilities but at the moment we’re focusing on this being a beautiful bow to draw a close to this chapter.”

Next year’s final episode will be episode 100 – Wentworth began in 2013 as a reimagining of Prisoner, which ran between 1979 and 1986 with a remarkable 692 episodes – back then they’d film between 80 and 100 episodes a year. Read More

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