Melissa’s slap-up role

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event on a group of fam­ily and friends. At an Aus­tralian back­yard bar­be­cue, a man slaps a child who is not his son. The boy’s par­ents are so af­fronted they call the po­lice and legal ac­tion re­sults. Friends and fam­ily are forced to take sides.

The Slap brings to life ques­tions of par­ent­ing, the rights of chil­dren, race, class, sex­u­al­ity and the dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives of men and women.

Ge­orge, who splits most of her time be­tween Buenos Aires and Man­hat­tan with hus­band Clau­dio Dabed, was last week pho­tographed as Rosie (left), whose son re­ceives the slap.

‘‘ I’m feel­ing good, but miss­ing my hus­band ter­ri­bly and my dog Glee ter­ri­bly be­cause usu­ally when I shoot they come with me,’’ Ge­orge says.

‘‘ Be­cause I’m in Aus­tralia, with quar­an­tine (re­stric­tions) I couldn’t bring her (Glee). So my hubby is look­ing af­ter her.

‘‘ It’s hard, per­son­ally. In the last 12 months I’ve moved to New York and shot one film in Scot­land and one in Lon­don and have been trav­el­ling a lot, but to come home and work in Aus­tralia is great.

‘‘ Re­ally, I haven’t worked here in 18 years, since I did Home and Away.

‘‘ This is the most amaz­ing role to play. I feel I’m do­ing the best pro­ject that’s out there right now, whether that be in the US, Europe or Aus­tralia.

‘‘ Rosie has post-na­tal de­pres­sion. So when Harry (Dim­i­tri­ades) comes and bloody smacks and bashes her son across the face, Rosie does what any mother would do.’’ The Slap will screen later this year on the ABC

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