Skip to main content

THE SLAP

Australia, 2011 (MIFF 2011, Prime Time)

Director: Jessica Hobbs

THE SLAP

The slap seemed to echo. It cracked the twilight. The little boy looked up at the man in shock. There was a long silence.

This year's MIFF will host a special world premiere screening of the first two episodes of the long-awaited ABC TV adaptation of The Slap, the controversial, highly praised and Premier's Award winning novel by Melbourne-based Christos Tsiolkas.

When a backyard cricket match turns into an out-of-control tantrum for an irritable boy, one man's attempt to punish a child that is not his own explodes into a world of litigation and resentment. A biting portrait of the seething underbelly of middle-class Australian life seen through the eyes of eight affected characters, The Slap is a bleakly comic demolition of our cosy assumptions about community, family and the way we raise our children.

Stars Jonathan LaPaglia, Essie Davis, Sophie Okonedo, Sophie Lowe and Melissa George.

Cast and crew will be present for the screening.

Watch a preview of the ABC TV series

See the film and read the book - browse online at Readings

D Jessica Hobbs P Tony Ayres, Helen Bowden, Michael McMahon S Kris Mrksa, Emily Ballou Dist ABC TD HD Cam/2011

Presented by


See also...

DREILEBEN - DON'T FOLLOW ME AROUND

"Unexpected connections between strangers and friends, and the past and present, are the motor of Dreileben: Don't Follow Me Around." - Variety ... Police psychologist Jo is brought to the town of Dre... More »

DREILEBEN - BEATS BEING DEAD

The first of the 'Dreileben' television series, a collection of three stand-alone films created by three prominent German filmmakers about a fictional small town plagued by an escaped criminal. ... Wo... More »

DREILEBEN - ONE MINUTE OF DARKNESS

"Beautiful, chilling and tragically ironic." - Hollywood Reporter ... Hunted by police after escaping captivity, sex offender and killer Molesch is on the run in the woods on the outskirts of Dreilebe... More »

THE SCREEN ILLUSION

A startlingly modern take on the classic 17th century French play L'illusion Comique by ascendant French director Mathieu Amalric. ... A rollicking and tightly woven tale of romantic miscommunication,... More »

THIS IS ENGLAND '86

"Artistically captivating, funny, melancholic and affecting." - Telegraph ... Shane Meadows follows up the acclaimed This Is England (MIFF 2007) with a return to the world of Shaun, Woody, Combo and L... More »

MYSTERIES OF LISBON

"Raúl Ruiz's head-spinning Mysteries of Lisbon is a period drama of contemporary import - and of the highest order." - Variety ... The fate of a dozen characters intertwine over three decades, as one ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director