Wentworth (TV Series)

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By Davey Duzit

 

‘Wentworth’ now in its third season, is a remake of the old Australian classic ‘Prisoner’ which ran on Channel 10 from 1979-1986.

The series is a contemporary drama and the story is set around Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack) a working class mother of one, who was initially imprisoned for attempted murder of her abusive husband. She is smart, strong and desperate to keep her daughter safe and struggles with guilt for leaving her alone with her husband on the outside.

Jacqueline “Jacs” Holt (Kris McQuade ) is part of a crime family. Jacs has been around the block. A cunning, dark energy with sociopathic behaviour, she is not one to double cross.

We then have Franky Doyle (Nicole da Silva). Young, gay and sexy, Franky is at war with Jacs and desperately wants to be ‘top dog’ and will do anything to get there. You are either on Jac’s team or Franky’s team.

The story also follows the lives both past and present of the other inmates, the Governor and staff and does well at executing the psychology of each character.

Possibly one of the most gritty Aussie dramas to be made in a years, ‘Wentworth’ goes deep, plays with the heart strings and can be quite confronting at times, with adult themes, coarse language, sex, drugs and violence. It tackles social issues and gives you an insight to prison life for women in Australia and things women do to end up there. This is not just a show for pretty actors, but actors of all shapes and sizes, which makes ‘Wentworth’ feel real and raw.

It certainly makes for an interesting watch with twists and turns at every episode. Not really one to watch if you are squeamish.

It has similar storylines and characters to ‘Orange is the New Black’ – an American cult drama about women in prison.

Filmed in a purpose built studio in Clayton (a suburb of Melbourne, Australia) and first aired on Foxtel’s Channel SoHo on May 1st 2013, ‘Wentworth’ has just been picked up for a forth season.

The show has been well received here in Australia, but also in New Zealand and the UK and has been sold to more than 20 countries worldwide.

‘Wentworth’ is definitely worth the watch and I highly recommend it. Exciting for Australian drama.

 

Also available on DVD and Blu Ray.

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