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  • Actors: Jonathan LaPaglia, Melissa George, Sophie Okonedo, Essie Davis, Alex Dimitriades
  • Directors: Jessica Hobbs, Matthew Saville, Robert Connolly, Tony Ayres
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jan. 2012
  • Run Time: 526 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005UA48F8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,931 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on Christos Tsiolkas' best selling novel, The Slap traces the shattering repercussions of a single event upon a group of family and friends. At an Australian backyard BBQ, amongst alcohol, friendship and a childrens cricket game a man slaps a child who is not his son. The child is parents are so affronted they vow to take the man to court. One cousin is forced to testify against another. Couples are caught in the crossfire. Beliefs are tested and relationships strained. The story unfolds through the points of view of eight characters and 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 . Whose side are you on?

Reviews

"The most gripping series on television since The Killing" - The Times
"...thoroughly modern storm in a tea-cup." - The Mirror

The Slap is "very slickly made and develops real depth" - The Daily Mail

The Slap is a "well articulated yell of suburban rage, it takes some beating" - Radio Times

"A very adult exploration of contemporary, middle-class manners, brought to life by a set of accomplished performances" **** - Time Out

The Slap is what's "HOT ON TV" The Daily Star

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Hendrie on 18 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
...Maybe 'pleasure' is the wrong word, but I've been thoroughly gripped by this series, despite - or perhaps because of - the characters' deep dislikability. Everyone from the child at the centre of slapgate (by God, was he asking for it?) to the utter cad who administers the slap, and all points in between, is pretty ghastly but they're all superbly played by a brilliant cast, served with a superb script. Great stuff.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Cowden on 2 Jan. 2012
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The book of "The Slap" by Christos Tsolkias has caused great controversy in Australia; dividing reading groups across the country for or against it. It hasn't generated much interest in the UK, though it was long-listed for the Man Booker in 2011, as well as winning the Commonwealth Writers Prize the previous year. The UK version of the book comes with a rave review from Colm Toibin, but I find myself agreeing with the review of the book in the LRB August 2010 by Melissa Denes [...] which said in essence that it had some great moments but also some really weak and crudely written moments. The TV series, in which the the brilliant and ridiculous underrated Tony Ayers played quite a significant role, is much better than the book, in the sense that it takes what is best in the story and turns this into gripping drama. The Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) has done a magnificent job of doing drama of HBO standard. What is this story about? Tsolkias holds up a mirror to bourgeois suburbia and finds a world of selfish self-obsessed narcissism. On reading the book my sister opined "But I don't know anyone as horrible as the people in his book!". The TV series has a little more subtlety (and it is interesting to note that in my view a much better film was made of Tsolkias first book; the book was "Loaded", the film "Head On"; the latter really excellent though barely known outside of Australia). Even though the TV version allows a bit more light and shade in its portrayal of the characters, this is still TV drama that packs a bloody beauty of a punch. Essentially it is about a dispute at a family barbecue in which one child, who is outrageously acting out with no boundaries set by his parents, is belted across the head by another parent at the barbecue.Read more ›
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Haworth on 18 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
Ok, so I'm only 4 episodes in, but this series has me hooked! It plays like a thriller even though it is about a fairly ordinary subject, but as with all great drama the secret is the characterisation - which here is so well seen and played that it is a joy to watch - almost like watching a fly on the wall documentary. The characters are all flawed, which makes them so realistic and it makes for great debate with other viewers of the show. Should he or shouldn't he...?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steppie on 11 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
I had been watching this when it started last October on the ABC channel while in Oz, so I had to wait for the UK showing to catch up so that I could see the last few parts. I'm glad that it carried on being the brilliantly well acted program I had been enjoying.

Talking to my Melburnian friends and family, this program has divided people more than the book did, possible as its a bit close to home for some of them!

I love the book and picked it up to read over here, not realising that it was set in and around the suburb that I live in when I'm in Melbourne.

So I was very excited to hear it was going to adapted for TV and was intrigued to see if they would use the real places I am familiar with that appear in the book.

I have since found out that some of it was filmed on my ex-employers old street, a few blocks from my 'other' house!

The Slap is very much a window on the sort of Australian urbanite life that a large amount of Aussies live. People might think that its all about living on the beach in Oz, but a lot of socialising is done in peoples homes and back yards, as its a very family orientated country.

The characters may seem a little stereotyped at first, but I do recognise a lot of what the actors are portraying in the people who live in that area. It is a predominately Greek and Italian area and it has been fascinating to me to see how the old generations deal with the Aussie way of life, compared to more younger ones who have been born there.

As I work with children, the premise of The Slap is thought provoking, as I have a understandable aversion to violence towards children, but on the other hand the child is seriously out of control. Be warned the actual slap is pretty full on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sue Kichenside TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Jan. 2013
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I absolutely loathed the book - so much so that I literally hurled it to the floor - so what made me want to watch this, I really don't know. But I'm so pleased I did because it was a different kettle of fish altogether. Terrific acting from the ensemble cast, absorbing plot lines and some genuinely touching moments. A thoroughly well made and well directed piece of television entertainment. Thought-provoking too.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Less Deceived on 24 Dec. 2011
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I love the book - and I love this adaptation. This is TV at its very best. It's beautifully shot and the ensemble cast are superb. Alex Dimitriades as Harry is perhaps the best of all - he captures brilliantly Harry's twitchy machismo and pent-up aggression. Sophie Lowe as Connie is also excellent, simultaneously precocious and vulnerable.

On the whole, it's very faithful to the novel, though the TV writers do make some changes, most of which work well. Some work less well - for instance, unlike in the novel, Anouk knows that something's going on between Hector and Connie. Yet they don't do anything dramatically with her knowledge, so why make the change?

My only other quibble is that Sophie Okonedo, though a very fine actress, is miscast. In the novel, Aisha is Anglo-Indian (as her name suggests), which is an important part of her identity. In the adaptation, her ethnic identity is indeterminate - which isn't bad in itself, but it jars in a series (and novel) in which racial/ethnic identity (Greek, Jewish, Serbian, Anglo-Australian) is shown to be a key faultline in people's interpersonal relationships.

But these are minor flaws in what is a brilliant series. For anybody who wants an insight into middle-class metropolian life in Australia, look no further. It might not be exhaustive - how could it be? - but you'll end up feeling you know Melbourne and some of its people, lovely or not.
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