Traces the shattering repercussions of a single event upon a group of family and friends. Based on Christos Tsiolkas' best-selling novel.
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Series cast summary:
Jonathan LaPaglia ...  Hector 8 episodes, 2011
Sophie Okonedo ...  Aisha 8 episodes, 2011
Alex Dimitriades ...  Harry 8 episodes, 2011
Essie Davis ...  Anouk 8 episodes, 2011
Lex Marinos Lex Marinos ...  Manolis 8 episodes, 2011
Melissa George ...  Rosie 8 episodes, 2011
Sophie Lowe ...  Connie 8 episodes, 2011
Blake Davis ...  Richie 8 episodes, 2011
William McInnes ...  Narrator 8 episodes, 2011
Anthony Hayes ...  Gary 7 episodes, 2011
Julian Mineo Julian Mineo ...  Hugo 7 episodes, 2011
Adrian Van Der Heyden Adrian Van Der Heyden ...  Adam 7 episodes, 2011
Diana Glenn ...  Sandi 6 episodes, 2011
Toula Yianni Toula Yianni ...  Koula 6 episodes, 2011
Liberty Townsend Liberty Townsend ...  Melissa 6 episodes, 2011
Raffaele Costabile Raffaele Costabile ...  Rocco 4 episodes, 2011
Jane Allsop ...  Tracey 3 episodes, 2011
Steve Mouzakis ...  Andrew Petrious 3 episodes, 2011
Gillian Jones Gillian Jones ...  Rachel 2 episodes, 2011
Oliver Ackland ...  Rhys 2 episodes, 2011
Dimitri Baveas Dimitri Baveas ...  Ali 2 episodes, 2011
Maude Davey ...  Tasha 2 episodes, 2011
Eugenia Fragos ...  Elisavet 2 episodes, 2011
Emily Wheaton ...  Jenna 2 episodes, 2011
Ivan Bradara ...  Lenin 2 episodes, 2011
Tony Briggs ...  Bilal 2 episodes, 2011
Charlotte Nicdao ...  Tina 2 episodes, 2011
Basil Sikiotis Basil Sikiotis ...  Jordan 2 episodes, 2011
Peta Brady Peta Brady ...  Shamira 2 episodes, 2011
George Vasilakakos George Vasilakakos ...  Sava 2 episodes, 2011
Caitlin Tsiolkas Caitlin Tsiolkas ...  Angelika 2 episodes, 2011
Carlin Briggs Carlin Briggs ...  Ibby 2 episodes, 2011
Soraya Briggs Soraya Briggs ...  Sonja 2 episodes, 2011
Mia Lethbridge Mia Lethbridge ...  Camilla 2 episodes, 2011
Jack Haycox Jack Haycox ...  Handsome Jack / ... 2 episodes, 2011


An eight-part drama series based on the award-winning novel by Christos Tsiolkas. The Slap tells the story of a group of people enjoying a backyard barbecue together, who are torn apart when one man slaps the child of another guest. The boy's parents are so upset by the assault that they call the police and bring legal action against the man, forcing family and friends to take sides. Each one-hour episode tells the story from the perspective of one of the main characters.

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Slap to brawl and everything in between
29 December 2011 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Evocative Aussie drama that follows the lives of several characters associated with an otherwise innocuous 40th birthday party (LaPaglia) when one of the guests (Dimitriadis) controversially slaps a four-year old who's misbehaving. The resulting court proceedings drive a wedge between friendships, family and reveal the character's vulnerabilities as they struggle with the ignominy of the event, its aftermath and their checkered pasts.

Controversial is probably the best way in which to describe this 8-part tele-series inspired by the novel, as it canvasses virtually the whole gamut of "edgy" subjects (depending on your moral barometer) in alleged rape, infidelity, substance abuse, domestic violence, alcoholism, breast-feeding, cultural ethnicity, interracial marriage etc, etc. through vignettes in which each character is brought into focus for an episode. So saturated with touchy subjects, it almost seems like its contriving a narrative in which they can be showcased. I won't go as far to say that it's done with the sole intent of being controversial, but it does at times, appear gratuitous. Not meaning to sound like a prude, but it is possible to shock without being so explicit, all the time.

Acting seems mostly realistic (LaPaglia, George in particular) and the momentum keeps you engaged in spite of the often cringe-worthy content. If you enjoy the gritty realism of Australian drama then this should appeal, although it may be more confronting than you expect.

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2011 (Australia) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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