TOUGH BREAKS

Gritty Aus­tralian prison drama Wen­tworth is well into its fifth sea­son and it’s not about to back off from its fa­mously bru­tal sto­ry­lines

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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.

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