THE SLAP

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ABC, Thurs­day, 8.30pm ★★★★★ Based on a view­ing of the first two episodes, The Slap has the po­ten­tial to go down as one of the great Aus­tralian drama pro­duc­tions. Based on Chris­tos Tsi­olkas’s novel, The Slap fo­cuses on the may­hem that fol­lows a child be­ing slapped by a man (who is not his fa­ther) at a back­yard bar­be­cue. Melissa Ge­orge is at the height of her con­sid­er­able artis­tic pow­ers in the role of Rosie, the dis­tressed mum of the slapped child. Alex Dim­i­tri­ades could well be de­liv­er­ing the per­for­mance of his ca­reer as hot-headed Harry, who seems headed for a day in court as a re­sult of the as­sault. The big ques­tion is how as­sorted friends and fam­ily at the bar­be­cue re­spond when they are forced to take sides.

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