Pick whose side you’re on in the hit Australian drama
We are proud to announce the latest addition to our Arrow TV channel – the complete Australian miniseries The Slap. Originally aired in Australia in 2011, the BAFTA-nominated show is available for Prime members to stream via Amazon today! The scintillating social drama stars Jonathan LaPaglia, Sophie Okonedo, Essie Davis, Alex Dimitriades, Sophie Lowe, Blake Davis, Lex Marino and Melissa George.
The Slap is based on Christos Tsiolkas’ novel, which was first published in Australia in 2008. Since then, the international bestseller garnered the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, as well as being long-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2010. The accolades continued with the success of the Australian TV adaptation, winning five trophies at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, including Best Director and Best Miniseries, plus a Golden Nymph nomination at the Monte-Carlo TV Festival in 2012. Melissa George went on to reprise her role as Rosie for the US remake in 2015, alongside Peter Saarsgard, Thandie Newton, Zachary Quinto, Uma Thurman and Brian Cox.
What’s it about? Hector is turning 40-years-old and his life is about to change in a very dramatic way. Tensions between Hector’s wife Aisha and his overbearing parents arise, while his own indiscretions threaten the harmony of the group. Nevertheless, it is the boisterous behaviour of Gary and Rosie’s son Hugo that prompts Hector’s cousin Harry to lash out. What was intended to be an intimate gathering of friends and family members, escalates towards the inciting incident – the slap.
Each of the eight episodes resonates from the slap and the incendiary events that follow, whilst focusing on the central characters of the story: Hector, Anouk, Harry, Connie, Rosie, Manolis, Aisha and Richie. William McInnes narrates the series, adding an anthropological perspective for the viewer as the dilemmas unfold. While we get to know everyone who is personally affected by the repercussions, it also strikes up a debate amongst audiences to ask: how would I react in the same situation? It’s time to pick a side…
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