The Slap (TV series)

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The Slap
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Intertitle
GenreDrama
Directed byJessica Hobbs
Matthew Saville
Tony Ayres
Robert Connolly
StarringJonathan LaPaglia
Melissa George
Sophie Okonedo
Essie Davis
Alex Dimitriades
Lex Marinos
Diana Glenn
Anthony Hayes
Sophie Lowe
Blake Davis
Oliver Ackland
Toula Yianni
Eugenia Fragos
Rebecca Downie
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producer(s)Penny Chapman
Producer(s)Tony Ayres
Helen Bowden
Michael McMahon
Running time51 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelABC1
Picture format576i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original run6 October 2011 (2011-10-06)  – 24 November 2011 (2011-11-24)
Chronology
Related showsThe Slap (U.S. adaptation)
External links
Website
 
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The Slap
The Slap header title.png
Intertitle
GenreDrama
Directed byJessica Hobbs
Matthew Saville
Tony Ayres
Robert Connolly
StarringJonathan LaPaglia
Melissa George
Sophie Okonedo
Essie Davis
Alex Dimitriades
Lex Marinos
Diana Glenn
Anthony Hayes
Sophie Lowe
Blake Davis
Oliver Ackland
Toula Yianni
Eugenia Fragos
Rebecca Downie
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producer(s)Penny Chapman
Producer(s)Tony Ayres
Helen Bowden
Michael McMahon
Running time51 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelABC1
Picture format576i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original run6 October 2011 (2011-10-06)  – 24 November 2011 (2011-11-24)
Chronology
Related showsThe Slap (U.S. adaptation)
External links
Website

The Slap is an Australian television drama series. It was first broadcast on ABC1 from 6 October to 24 November 2011. The series is based on The Slap, a 2008 multi-award winning novel by Australian author Christos Tsiolkas, which explores what happens when a man slaps a child, who is not related to him, at a suburban barbecue.

Filmed in Melbourne, Victoria, the series was produced by Matchbox Pictures' Tony Ayres, Helen Bowden and Michael McMahon, with Penny Chapman serving as executive producer.[1] The directors; Jessica Hobbs, Matthew Saville, Tony Ayres and Robert Connolly, directed two episodes each. The writing team included Emily Ballou, Alice Bell, Brendan Cowell, Kris Mrksa and Cate Shortland.[2][3][4]

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Ali (Dimitri Baveas)
  • Adam (Adrian Van Der Heyden)
  • Melissa (Liberty Townsend)
  • Rocco (Raffaele Costabile)
  • Rachel (Gillian Jones)
  • Tasha (Maud Davey)
  • Jenna (Emily Wheaton)
  • Lenin (Ivan Bradara)
  • Tina (Charlotte Nicdao)
  • Jordan (Basil Sikiotis)
  • Sava (George Vasilakakos)
  • Angelika (Caitlin Tsiolkas)

Episodes[edit]

#TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Hector"Jessica HobbsKris Mrksa6 October 2011 (2011-10-06)
It's Hector's 40th birthday and friends and family gather at his house for a BBQ. But in amongst the celebrations one of the guests slaps a child that is not his own. No-one can see it at the time but this single act begins to unravel the social fabric which once linked them all together.
2"Anouk"Jessica HobbsEmily Ballou13 October 2011 (2011-10-13)
In the days and weeks after the slap Anouk discovers that the incident has unleashed unexpected responses from those around her. She is torn between her friendships and her beliefs and faces decisions about her own life which threaten to overwhelm her.
3"Harry"Matthew SavilleBrendan Cowell20 October 2011 (2011-10-20)
As the police become involved, Harry and Sandi begin to fear that the slap will threaten their reputation, lifestyle, and most importantly their family. Harry tries to take matters into his own hands but it's too late.
4"Connie"Matthew SavilleAlice Bell27 October 2011 (2011-10-27)
Things with Connie and Hector haven't been the same since the slap. She decides to confront Hector but his reaction propels her into a decision that will have serious consequences.
5"Rosie"Robert ConnollyCate Shortland3 November 2011 (2011-11-03)
Rosie's outrage has been building since the slap and now finally she is given her day in court. The friends from the BBQ gather again but this time under very different circumstances.
6"Manolis"Tony AyresKris Mrksa10 November 2011 (2011-11-10)
Struggling to understand the selfishness and greed of his children's generation, Manolis watches in alarm as the slap divides his family. He calls on a special bond to try to and put things right.
7"Aisha"Robert ConnollyEmily Ballou17 November 2011 (2011-11-17)
The slap has taken a toll on Hector and Aisha's relationship, or maybe it has just exposed the issues that were already there. They go away together to try to restore their marriage, but their holiday does not turn out as planned.
8"Richie"Tony AyresBrendan Cowell24 November 2011 (2011-11-24)
Lies, betrayal and adultery all come to a head as people are forced to make decisions about their lives and behaviour. When Richie gets caught in the crossfire, he looks to a desperate solution.

Broadcast[edit]

Domestic[edit]

The Slap was originally screened by ABC1 each Thursday at 8:30pm from 6 October 2011.[5] Repeats followed on the preceding Friday nights on ABC2.[6]

International[edit]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The series received generally positive reviews. Holly Byrnes of The Daily Telegraph said after viewing the first episode that The Slap is "arguably the best Australian drama produced this year",[21] and Luke Buckmaster of Crikey commented after seeing previews, "The dramas and interpersonal relationships are engrossing from the get-go, the story like a David Williamson script that actually has bite, tension and doesn't pander to racial or cultural stereotypes. The Slap presents a view of middle class multicultural Australia rarely seen in film and television."[22] David Knox of TV Tonight also praised the series, writing after episode one, "I was completely hooked by its ability to present three-dimensional characters on the screen and its strength in telling an urban story. So confident are the sum of the parts that frankly it feels like this will only get better. The Slap is one of the bravest dramas of the year."[23] Yet, Clem Bastow of The Sydney Morning Herald had the opposite view, writing the program contains, "listless direction and lifeless editing (huge pauses between great swathes of dialogue), an adaptation that squishes large passages of the narrative into bite-sized chunks (witness Hector and Connie's divebomb from flirty glances and kissing to Connie suddenly deciding he was repellent), and the actors wandering around in the middle of it all."[24] Despite this earlier negative review, the Herald subsequently gave The Slap its "Couch Potato" award for best Australian drama of the year.[25] Kit MacFarlane in Metro offered further negative evaluation of the series, finding that "despite a strong dramatic foundation, The Slap is ultimately an exercise in announcing drama rather than exploring it, presenting a scenario drenched in forced excess, sensationalism and artistic posturing" and describing it as "around seven hours of soap opera masquerading as earnest drama." MacFarlane goes on to suggest that its critical popularity might point to "a regression in the ability to analyse screen texts and narrative nuances" and that "The Slap’s themes and cultural ideas have been explored countless times before in a variety of different ways."[26]

Viewer response[edit]

The initial episode gained viewing figures of nearly 1 million people, winning its timeslot, when it was first shown on ABC1.[27] Later, excluding figures for the final episode, the ABC announced that The Slap was averaging 952,000 metro (five main capital city) viewers on ABC1 and a further 232,000 viewers on ABC2 with 14% of viewing as Timeshifted (watched later through various PVR devices). It has recorded 566,000 plays via ABC iView and 204,000 plays via the official website.[28]

Series ratings[edit]

EpisodeTitleOriginal airdateViewersNightly rankWeekly rank
1"Hector"6 October 20110.946[29]528
2"Anouk"13 October 20110.912[30]733
3"Harry"20 October 20110.856N/AN/A
4"Connie"27 October 20110.811N/AN/A
5"Rosie"3 November 20110.915N/AN/A
6"Manolis"10 November 20110.908N/AN/A
7"Aisha"17 November 2011N/AN/AN/A
8"Richie"24 November 2011N/AN/AN/A


Awards and nominations[edit]

Diana Glenn pictured with her AACTA Award.
YearAwardCategoryRecipient(s)Outcome
2012
AACTA Awards[31][32][33][34]
Best Telefeature, Mini Series or Short Run SeriesThe SlapWon
Best Lead ActorAlex DimitriadesWon
Best Lead ActorJonathan LaPagliaNominated
Best Guest or Supporting Actress – DramaDiana GlennWon
Best DirectorMatthew SavilleWon
Best DirectorJessica HobbsNominated
Best ScreenplayBrendan CowellWon
Best ScreenplayKris MrksaNominated
Best Male PerformanceLex MarinosNominated
Australian Directors' Guild Awards[35]
Best Direction in a TV Drama SeriesMatt SavilleWon
Australian Writers' Guild Awards[36]
Best Television Mini-Series AdaptationThe SlapWon
BAFTA Television Awards[37]
Best International ProgrammeThe SlapNominated
Equity Awards[38]
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Movie or MiniseriesCastWon
Logie Awards[39][40]
Most Outstanding Drama Series, Miniseries or TelemovieThe SlapWon
Most Outstanding ActorAlex DimitriadesNominated
Most Outstanding ActressEssie DavisNominated
Most Outstanding ActressMelissa GeorgeWon
Monte-Carlo Television Festival[41]
Outstanding International Producer (Drama Series)Michael McMahon, Tony Ayres, Helen BowdenNominated
Outstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesBlake DavisNominated
Outstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesAnthony HayesNominated
Outstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesMelissa GeorgeNominated
Outstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesSophie OkonedoNominated
Screen Music Awards[42][43]
Best Music for a Mini-Series or TelemovieAntony PartosNominated
Best Soundtrack AlbumMichael Lira, Jono Ma, Antony Partos, Irine VelaWon
Best Television ThemeAntony PartosWon
Virgin Media TV Awards[44]
Best ActressMelissa GeorgeNominated

TV-related merchandise[edit]

The Region 4 DVD and Blu-ray was released on 1 December 2011.[45][46][47]

The Region 2 DVD was released on 9 January 2012.[48]

The accompanying paperback book was released on 24 August 2011: Tsiolkas, Christos (2011). The Slap. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 978-1-74237-560-1. [49]

U.S. adaptation[edit]

An eight-episode adaptation of The Slap has been ordered by the American network NBC.[50]

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