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The Slap

Category: TV / Role: Rosie / Released: 2011 / IMDB Rating: 6.7

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Based on Christos Tsiolkas’ best-selling novel, The Slap is an eight-part 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 barbeque, a tight-knit group of friends celebrate Hector’s 40th birthday. Food and wine flow and as the guests enjoy a long, lazy lunch they debate everything for soap operas to state schooling.

When the kids start climbing the wall Hector sets up a game of 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.

Starring Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda); Jonathan La Paglia (Cold Case); Melissa George (Grey’s Anatomy); Essie Davis (Australia); and Alex Dimitriades (Neighbours), the story unfolds through the points of view of eight characters as the court case proceeds, as affairs begin and end, as a pregnancy is decided and marriages morph and change. Each character’s life is profoundly affected by “the slap”, and each character is in some way “slapped”, forced to face up to fundamental truths about themselves.