Last week I attended a Foxtel media event at Wentworth Detention Centre in Melbourne’s west which included a set tour.
Actress Jacqui Brennan, who plays warden Linda Miles, kindly escorted our group around key sets including the laundry (spot her behind the laundry press), cells, shower block, reception and exercise yard.
FremantleMedia also has production offices for the show on set, as they did at the original location in Clayton. Wentworth cleverly switched locations following a fire at the end of Season 3, transporting fake walls and doors to its “new wing” in the west. Even diehard fans bought the on-screen transition without complaint.
Prison cells, several of which include inmate decorations befitting of their characters, come with removable walls to enable shooting.
Let’s just say the former education building turned prison is much larger and accommodating than the Nunawading studio I once visited for Channel 0-10’s Prisoner.
Wentworth, now filming Series 7, returns to Showcase on Tuesday June 19 (S1 airs Thursdays on ABC).
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