Choc- full of sultry intrigue
DAVID Wenham has veered between wildly different TV and film roles, often blurring boundaries between hero and villain.
He impressed as controversial lawyer Andrew Fraser in the miniseries Killing Time, adding to a string of credits including The Lord of the Rings, 300, Van Helsing, Answered By Fire and Seachange. Wenham’s latest challenging role is Sydney cop Bennett O’mara in Dripping in Chocolate, investigating a series of killings, with voluptuous chocolatiere Juliana Lovece ( Louise Lombard) a possible suspect.
Wenham describes Bennett as an ever- so- slightly crumpled but very proficient detective. Will his investigation be compromised by his attraction to the intriguing Juliana? ‘‘ Bennett is detoxing, an unusual premise,’’ Wenham says. ‘‘ And as it’s possible Juliana may be involved [ in the case], he finds her more fascinating.
‘‘ My mother loved murder mysteries and I’d watch pieces like this with her as a kid, trying to guess the guilty party.’’
British actor Lombard was so determined to bring authenticity to her role she set out to learn chocolate- making.
‘‘ There is a whimsical, intriguing quality to people who make chocolate their world, their life,’’ she says. ‘‘ This feels very different to past crime dramas I’ve seen or been a part of. Its pace allows the characters to develop and it’s nice not to play the detective [ which] I’ve been doing for a few years.’’