|Based on Christos Tsiolkas's best selling novel, The Slap is an eight part drama series that traces the shattering repercussions of a single event upon a group of family and friends. It is a searing portrait of middle class life, and the mores and morality that shape modern, multicultural Australia.
At a suburban barbecue a tight knit group of family and friends celebrate Hector's 40th birthday. Food and wine flow, and as the guests enjoy a long, lazy lunch they debate everything from soap operas to state schooling.
When the kids start climbing the walls after too much playstation, Hector sets up a game of backyard cricket. It's all going well until four year old Hugo takes his turn to bat and gets bowled out. Suddenly the game escalates into a fight, resulting in Harry, Hector's cousin, slapping Hugo, who is not his son.
The event and what follows ricochets through the group to devastating effects.
Told from the points of view of eight different characters, all of whom attend the barbecue, each episode reveals a new side to 'the slap' and its consequences.
The Slap explores what happens when the veil of civility that binds us as a society, is rent aside by one disturbing action. It brings to vivid life questions of parenting, the rights of children, race, class, sexuality, and the different perspectives of men and women. As the story spins to reveal each character's perspective, we see how the events surrounding that summer barbecue force them to face up to fundamental truths about themselves and their lives, and how they have all, in their own way, been 'slapped'.
Stars Jonathan LaPaglia, Sophie Okonedo, Melissa George, Alex Dimitriades, Essie Davis, Sophie Lowe, Lex Marinos, Blake Davis, Diana Glenn.
Producers: Tony Ayres, Helen Bowden, Michael McMahon; Directors: Tony Ayres, Robert Connolly, Jessica Hobbs, Matthew Saville; Writers: Emily Ballou, Alice Bell, Brendan Cowell, Kris Mrksa, Cate Shortland; Executive Producers: Penny Chapman and Carole Sklan; Associate Producer: Christos Tsiolkas; ABC TV Head of Fiction: Carole Sklan. A Matchbox Pictures production for ABC TV.