Danny Kelly is a talented swimmer attends a prestigious Melbourne private school on a sporting scholarship. Working class, half Greek and half Scottish, he cops his fair share of harassment... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Elias Anton ...  Danny 4 episodes, 2016
Matt Nable ...  Torma 4 episodes, 2016
Ben Kindon Ben Kindon ...  Martin / ... 4 episodes, 2016
Victoria Haralabidou ...  Stephanie 4 episodes, 2016
Jeremy Lindsay Taylor ...  Neal 4 episodes, 2016
Andrew Creer ...  Wilco 4 episodes, 2016
Nicole Gulasekharam ...  Demet 4 episodes, 2016
Rachel Griffiths ...  Mrs. Taylor 4 episodes, 2016
Luca Asta Sardelis Luca Asta Sardelis ...  Regan 4 episodes, 2016
Imran Adams ...  Theo 4 episodes, 2016
Tilda Cobham-Hervey ...  Emma 3 episodes, 2016
Andrew Blackman ...  Mr. Taylor 3 episodes, 2016
Rhys Mitchell ...  Scooter 3 episodes, 2016
Madeleine Vizard Madeleine Vizard ...  Lauren 3 episodes, 2016
Anthony Ting ...  Commonwealth Games Malaysian Announcer / ... 3 episodes, 2016
Joe Klocek ...  Tsitsas 3 episodes, 2016
Damon Gameau ...  Ben Whitter 3 episodes, 2016
Joel Lok ...  Luke 2 episodes, 2016
Helen Morse ...  Margot Taylor 2 episodes, 2016
Francesca Waters Francesca Waters ...  Jenna 2 episodes, 2016


Danny Kelly is a talented swimmer attends a prestigious Melbourne private school on a sporting scholarship. Working class, half Greek and half Scottish, he cops his fair share of harassment from the privileged students. Danny yearns to win swimming gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. He is taken under the wing of highly regarded coach, Frank Torma and develops a friendship/rivalry with teammate Martin Taylor which inspire Danny to become Australia's youngest swimming champion.

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Drama | Sport






English | Greek

Release Date:

10 July 2016 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Барракуда See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Whereas Christos Tsiolkas's novel jumps back and forth between three different timelines, this mini-series is entirely linear and focuses exclusively on lead character Danny's teen years. See more »

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Empathetically Irresistible
31 December 2016 | by jacobstapletonSee all my reviews

Being a swimmer myself (in the good ol' days) I was immediately attracted to this series' narrative. Swimming is one of the most competitive sports you can compete in, and one of the most gruelling to dedicate your life to. And all I can say is, I loved it!

I simply devoured this series. It is story telling genius in how it moves and what is beneath it but at the same time it is brutal and honest and. It just is. This follow up to The Slap, which could easily be called The Splash, in that it is about swimming, is an epic journey of a kid called Danny Kelly who gets inserted into a fancy college due to his incredible talents in the pond. But despite his excellent coach and natural talent for winning, Danny rubs up against his more entitled peers which soon awakens a raw anger in him that may or may not lead to a sort of destruction, at the height of his reign. This story is about winning, about class, about anger, and about Australia. An Australia that hinges it's identity on glory above all, but who has no real connection to life beneath its surface.

I am left sat on this sofa, remembering my old swimming days, what it felt like to dive into that blue, chlorinated volume. What it felt like to race. What it felt like to win.

It's new year's eve right now and I might have had a few beers, but so what. This series has prescribed me 'hope'.

See you at the Olympics guys!

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