Lisa Cholodenko, director of the movie “The Kids Are All Right,” has undertaken the task of directing the first episodes of the TV mini-series “The Slap,” based on the award-winning book by Greek-Australian, Christos Tsiolkas, released in 2008.
The book was turned into a TV series on Australia’s ABC channel. The show was very successful and it also aired in other countries.
However, it was decided that in the U.S. the series would be shot re-shot in order for it to be adapted to American culture.
Like Australia, the U.S. version will consist of eight episodes for the network NBC. In Australia the book by Tsiolkas has swept the international literary awards selling over 700,000 copies.
Several Greek Australian actors were part of the show’s Australian version, such as Alex Dimitriades, Lex Marinos, Toula Yianni, Aris Gounaris, Dimitri Baveas, Steve Mouzakis, Caitlin Tsiolka, and Eugenia Fragos.
The book, as well as the TV series, reflect the modern Australian family in a sarcastic manner. During a family celebration, a Greek man slaps a child. This divides the guests, as some can excuse the man’s actions, while others demand for him to be punished.
The slap initiates an unintentional series of events that will force everyone to reconsider their own lives, desires, aspirations and beliefs.