Wednesday, 9 November 2011

The Slap

I have posted before about 'The Slap' by Christos Tsiolkas, a brilliant example of new Australian writing. TV viewers in Australia and now the UK will know that it has since been made into a TV series, now being shown as I understand it in both countries - I watched episode 6 of it last Thursday while with family on the northern edge of Sydney. The following link takes you to a review of that episode from a site called Pedestrian which deals with Australian media and at which I sometimes look. href="http://"> and is worth reading too. I was most entertained to be told there that all Australian dramas contain a woman with red-wine-stained teeth who is wearing a cardigan and who is foul-mouthed and shouting. In episode 6 the beautiful Rosie becomes that woman. Leaving aside the general unlikeableness of the characters (after all, that quality has never dimmed the popularity of The Archers for Brit audiences, has it?) the TV show, as well as the book, is complex and subtle, and sometimes enigmatic. The top performances added to my experience of the book. I'll be watching the rest.


Anonymous said...

Forget bloody Downton Abbey - The Slap is a brilliant production in every respect!

And its on BBC4 tomorrow at 10pm, folks!

Not often that a dramatisation is as good as the novel but this one is. Complusive viewing - and by the by, I think that Hector is a total wuss.

Anonymous said...

Continues in great style. Best thing I've seen since The Roads to Freedom in the early 70s with Michael Bryant,Georgia Brown and Danielle Massey ( and Rosemary Leach as Marcelle). And that was in black and white on BBC2.

Can't remember who played Ivich - but she was wonderful too.
Some dramatisations leave a mark and change you a bit. The Slap too.

dreamingspire said...

Did you know that in the early days The Archers was a vehicle for the Ministry of Food to communicate educational material to farmers and market gardeners?