Gritty Australian prison drama Wentworth is well into its fifth season and it’s not about to back off from its famously brutal storylines
There’s nothing like being framed for murder to test your patience. Logie-nominated actor Nicole da Silva plays Franky Doyle, a tough prisoner sent to Wentworth for assaulting a TV chef with a vat of boiling oil. In season four, Franky was released, but now she’s back and finding it hard to keep her cool.
“That’s the big test for Franky this season, does she revert to her old ways now that she’s back in?” Nicole says. “That’s the ongoing challenge for her and it comes down to the loyalty that she has with her friends inside. That’s what it continually boils down to – does she choose loyalty or freedom?”
Considering Franky’s closest friends are still inside, Nicole says it has been suggested she subconsciously wanted to go back.
“I don’t think there’s any part of her that wanted to go back, but there’s a level of security and familiarity and that is her family and her friends and the people she’s grown to love. On some level that was probably at play. When she comes back into the prison it’s bittersweet – she’s been wrongfully convicted, but at the same time she gets to see these people she’s grown up with.”
Prison may have forced Franky to grow up, but the unjust events in store in season five, could spark a comeback from “old” Franky.
“I think what’s great about Franky is that volatility is always bubbling and as an actor that’s really fun to play with. Franky has a lot to be angry about – being back in prison for something she didn’t do, being set up, not being able to be with Bridget (the prison psychologist).”
Nicole is relishing a central storyline that she can sink her teeth into. “Considering I was only in half of season four, I’m definitely enjoying having more of a meaty storyline.”
Wentworth season five, Tuesday 8.30pm, Foxtel Showcase
Nicole Da Silva plays prison inmate Franky Doyle on Wentworth.