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The Slap is an Australian television drama series. The series is based on The Slap , a novel by Australian author Christos Tsiolkas , which explores what happens when a man slaps a child, who is not related to him, at a suburban barbecue. The series received generally positive reviews. Holly Byrnes of The Daily Telegraph said after viewing the first episode that The Slap is "arguably the best Australian drama produced this year",  and Luke Buckmaster of Crikey commented after seeing previews, "The dramas and interpersonal relationships are engrossing from the get-go, the story like a David Williamson script that actually has bite, tension and doesn't pander to racial or cultural stereotypes. The Slap presents a view of middle class multicultural Australia rarely seen in film and television. So confident are the sum of the parts that frankly it feels like this will only get better. The Slap is one of the bravest dramas of the year. Clem Bastow of The Sydney Morning Herald had the opposite view, however, writing that the program contains, "listless direction and lifeless editing huge pauses between great swathes of dialogue , an adaptation that squishes large passages of the narrative into bite-sized chunks witness Hector and Connie's divebomb from flirty glances and kissing to Connie suddenly deciding he was repellent , and the actors wandering around in the middle of it all.
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Each of the show's eight installments told the story of the aftermath of a birthday party from the perspective of a different character. Jon Robin Baitz wrote the teleplay for the series and Lisa Cholodenko directed the pilot episode. The miniseries revolves around the aftermath of a birthday party for a middle-aged city employee where Harry Apostolou slaps someone else's misbehaving child, Hugo, after he kicks him in the leg. Though Rosie's diagnosis is later undermined when Hugo mentions how much he misses seeing Harry, the case slowly makes its way to court. Each episode tells the story from the perspective of a different character. The miniseries was filmed on location in New York City substituting for the novel's setting of Melbourne and features Melissa George , who also played the role of Rosie in the original Australian adaptation of The Slap novel.
O ccasionally, a novel bursts from the confines of the literary pages and becomes a subject of more general interest. Often, this is simply a question of sales. But sometimes the phenomenon is more complex, having to do with expressing a public mood or hitting some kind of cultural pressure point. Over the past couple of months, you will have been hard pressed not to have noticed the buzz surrounding Christos Tsiolkas 's The Slap , a novel about the fissures that result from a man striking somebody else's child at a Melbourne barbecue. The book has sold extremely well nearly 40, copies so far , earned glowing reviews and has been longlisted for this year's Booker prize. But the fascination that The Slap has engendered is about more than sales, hype or even its frankly dubious literary merits. Its zeitgeist-capturing qualities can be summed up in a single sentence: more than any other recent work of fiction, it is a novel about the failings of middle-class life — and one that points to wider concerns about the durability of liberal values in a multicultural society. I use the phrase "middle class" here advisedly. I don't mean to conjure up the familiar British stereotypes.