The Slap to premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival

New ABC miniseries The Slap will not premiere on the small screen, but the big screen in a move to generate buzz via the Melbourne International Film Festival.

The Australian reports the first two episodes of the eight-part adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’s novel will screen at MIFF.

It’s a clever ploy by the ABC and production company Matchbox Pictures for a story that has cache in the publishing world.

With a stellar cast including Melissa George, Alex Dimitriades, Jonathan LaPaglia, Sophie Okonedo, Essie Davis and Diana Glenn, this could deliver some red-carpet buzz ahead of its television premiere.

Together with Tsolkias and directors Tony Ayres (Walking on Water, Home Song Stories, Saved), Robert Connolly (The Bank), Jessica Hobbs (Curtin, Rake, Spirited, My Place, Tangle) and Matthew Saville (Noise, Cloudstreet) it would be an A-list event.

MIFF opens on July 21.


  1. This was confirmed at the MIFF launch tonight, with the screening occurring in addition to a panel about the process of adaptation from page to screen featuring several of The Slap’s creatives. Additionally, another Tsiolkas book is getting the adaptation process – Dead Europe is set to be filmed by director Tony Krawitz, with actor Ewen Leslie starring.

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