Melissa’s slap-up role
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