the series that’s slapping some sense into australians

As a fan of Tsiolkas’ book The Slap, I was rather concerned and quite apprehensive about its migration to the small screen. After all, so many adaptations of late have been subpar (think the latest Dorian Grey, Jane Eyre and Eat, Pray, Love).

In my eyes, the intimacy created between reader and character through knowing what each and every character in the book was thinking, was the book’s strongpoint. Its binding matter if you like. So, naturally, I wondered about how the integrity of this was going to be maintained on television. Aside from the use of voice overs, which are rarely employed effectively, I wasn’t sure that this transition could be achieved without sacrificing the book’s subtleties. Also, each page of the book had something simmering under the surface. The book was so much more than the words on its pages (I know, sounds impossible but just think about it). Something altogether mysterious and uncomfortable and, at times, outright upsetting was happening with every turn of the page. That couldn’t possible be conveyed on television. Could it?

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on gratitude

A little over a month ago I went to a panel discussion at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) on adapting Christos Tsiolkas’ The Slap for television. The discussion was both fascinating and confusing with at least three or four clashing opinions on how best to adapt a written work for the screen. There came a point in the discussion though, when a member of the audience commented on one of Tsiolkas’ characters – Manolis – in relation to how The Slap presented what it means to be Australian. In response, Tsiolkas voiced some ideas that spoke to me on a very personal level.

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