When you go to a party and make a complete moron of yourself on the dancefloor (or, in my case, become the next John Travolta) there is always that one guest who stands at the side, watching everything closely, and drinking everything in so that they can remind you for days to come of all the foolish things you did or said. Add in a dash of sadism, a spoonful of manipulation and a pair of black leather gloves, and this pretty much sums up the role of Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson at Wentworth Correctional Facility. She has every inmate and officer as puppets on strings which only she can delicately operate, and no matter how secretive things are, Joan will always know what’s going on and use it to her advantage.
She is deliciously wicked and beautifully twisted; everything and more that the original Joan was in Prisoner Cell Block H. The imperial stride, the efficient bun, the smooth, threatening, soft tones of voice, the small smiles and the subtle malice are all delivered to perfection by the outstanding Pamela Rabe. Joan has been busy setting Fletch and Will against each other in a long running attempt to get Fletch out of her employment and has also been moulding Vera into her perfectly obedient sidekick, but this week she focused her attentions on manipulating the prisoners in her ‘care’. Continue reading
Season 2 Episode 2
There was a lot going on in Wentworth Correctional Facility this week. Bizarrely, the main focus was on a new foreign inmate’s constipation, which landed Franky in the shit – but not in the way she had wanted.
After breaking down the language barriers, it emerged that the newcomer had a stash of drugs lodged in her digestive system, but they were in no hurry to escape. Franky, having upset a lot of her customers through lack of supplies, was eager for her to go to the toilet, which left Boomer on faecal watch duties.
Well-meaning Liz was on hand to try and keep the situation under control but tragedy struck as the drugs got into her system after a struggle and left her convulsing to death. This gave the underrated Celia Ireland, who plays Liz, a chance to shine as her alter ego broke down in guilt as she wept her apologies to the dying person who had been left in her care. The scene was daunting, dramatic and heavily emotional, sapped somewhat by Channel 5’s warning before it aired that gave away exactly what was going to happen. Continue reading
“My name is Joan Ferguson, but you can call me Governor.”
Officious hair bun, tight suit, purposeful eye glint, leather gloves and evil psychotic mannerisms all intact, ‘The Freak’ made her debut in Channel 5’s successful Australian prison drama Wentworth Prison last night, and the inmates had better watch out.
Jacs Holt may be burning in the pits of Hell below with ink and blood spewing out of her neck sinew, but there’s a new bad girl in town, and there is no messing with Joan Ferguson. Those who are old enough to remember the original Prisoner Cell Block H will recall that ‘The Freak’ was so called for a very good reason; and it looks like she is going to be no different here.
In the opening scenes of the episode, Joan Ferguson, played menacingly well by actress Pamela Rabe, made her mark on the prison, for inmates and officers alike, promising that things were going to change. Meanwhile, on edge since the departure of previous governor Erica, current top dog Franky Doyle grappled to reign over the unit. Continue reading