MEET THE FREAK
AND she’s supposed to be on the side of the good guys?
From the moment new governor Joan Ferguson, below, stalks into Wentworth Correctional Centre it’s clear she is a formidable force.
In the original Prisoner series, “The Freak”, played by Maggie Kirkpatrick, became a fearsome, merciless and terrifying icon.
Which gives acclaimed stage and screen actor Pamela Rabe big shoes to fill in The Freak’s reimagining for Wentworth.
But her version is pure steel, calculation and menace from the outset.
“Society has deemed these women defective and it’s our job to fix them,” The Freak says in her opening address to staff.
“Not to pander, to befriend, to indulge or accommodate. We exist to correct.”
The delivery is more than chilling. It’s positively arctic.