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Watch Sophie Okonedo In 1st Trailer For Upcoming High-Profile Australian Drama "The Slap"

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 5, 2011 5:06 AM
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Here's one black British actor who's apparently keeping busy, despite recent articles that suggest otherwise for the lot... and she's working on almost every continent now it seems :)

In June I posted an entry alerting you to her casting in 2 projects: an upcoming epic UK TV mini-series based on Sinbad lore; and a "high-profile" Australian TV series titled The Slap, in which she co-stars alongside other acclaimed thespians in Melissa George, Essie David, Alex Dimitriades, and Anthony Hayes.

The latter, which makes its world premiere in a preview screening of episodes 1 and 2 in the series at the Melbourne International Film Festival this week, has as international distributor with global distribution rights to the Australian 8-part drama, which will first air later this year on ABC Australia.

So, what's The Slap about? It's based on the award-winning novel by Christos Tsiolkas and " traces the shattering repercussions of a single event on a group of family and friends. At an Australian backyard barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his son. The boy's parents are so affronted by the assault that they call the police and legal action results. The Slap explores what happens when the veil of civility that binds us as a society, is rent aside by one disturbing action. It brings to vivid life questions of parenting, the rights of children, race, class, sexuality and the different perspectives of men and women.."

AFI Award-winning directors helming each episodes of the 8-parter include Jessica Hobbs, Matthew Saville, Tony Ayres and Robert Connolly

What role does Sophie Okonedo's play? First, her character's name is "Aisha," and here's how ABC Australia's website describes her:

The slap took place at Aisha’s house, during her party for her husband’s 40th birthday. Hugo, the child who was slapped, is the son of one of her best friends, Rosie. On the other hand, Harry, the man who slapped Hugo, is her brother-in-law. She has her own reasons for siding with Rosie, which go far deeper than the slap itself, and threaten to unravel her family. Aisha is married to Hector. She is a woman whose resilience and strength holds her family together. She also is a successful professional woman with her own veterinary business. Entering her forties, she is assailed by doubts about her marriage and future. The slap at the barbecue has left her torn, her loyalties divided between her husband and one of her oldest friends. She fights for what is important to her, but feels like she is losing her grip.

From that description, and the below first trailer, I'd say her role is a meaty one - more than just background fodder in the ensemble cast, which is good for her.

But I'm definitely curious about this one, which looks rather dramatic and intense.

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  • Kia | August 6, 2011 3:28 AMReply

    Sorry guys, I'm on the fence here. The premise sounds better in written form than highlighted in this trailer. I think this would work better as a feature film than some campy television drama. I love Sophie and would only watch to see her performance.

    @ ska-triumph
    I agree, "The Slap" is to on the nose. I thought that title was sorta of a metaphor for something until I read the premise.

  • Doyle Ray Taylor | August 6, 2011 1:06 AMReply

    My Short Film SECRET ADMIRER is Airing tis weekend on TV. Check Website or below for your area.

    This week's air dates for African American Short Films

    Chicago Station: WLS / ABC Date: 8/06 Time: 1:00PM

    Los Angeles Station: KCAL Date: 8/06 Time: 5:00PM

    Houston Station: KZHO/UTN Date: 8/06 Time: 6:00PM

    Sacramnto-Stkton-Modesto Station: KXTV/ABC Date: 8/07 Time: 11:00AM

    Indianapolis Station: WNDY / IND Date: 8/07 Time: 12:00PM

    Charlotte Station: WCNC NBC Date: 8/07 Time: 1:00PM

    Wausau-Rhinelander Station: WSAW 7.2 CBS Date: 8/07 Time: 1:00PM

    Columbia, SC Station: WOLO / ABC Date: 8/07 Time: 1:00PM

    Washington, DC (Hagrstwn) Station: WRC / NBC Date: 8/07 Time: 2:00PM

    Augusta-Aiken Station: WAGT / NBC Date: 8/07 Time: 2:00PM

    Reno Station: KOLO/ABC Date: 8/07 Time: 3:00PM

    Mobile-Pensacola (Ft Walt) Station: WJTC / IND Date: 8/07 Time: 5:00PM

  • Doyle Ray Taylor | August 5, 2011 12:48 PMReply

    I always liked Sophie Okonedo-I never catch her acting.

  • ska-triumph | August 5, 2011 10:03 AMReply

    Liking it all but the freaking title. Would never fly in the US market. But I'm looking for this one, for sure.

  • Tamara | August 5, 2011 9:30 AMReply

    Wow. Look at those human beings being all human and complex and whatnot. Definitely a good trailer. I'm depressed already. Congrats to Sophie on another role. The one lady was Sark's girlfriend on "Alias". Hated and loved her character there. Bad spy.

  • CareyCarey | August 5, 2011 6:37 AMReply

    I loved her in - and the movies - Hotel Rwanda and Skin!

  • Kunle Adekolo | August 5, 2011 5:47 AMReply

    Thank goodness for region-free DVD players. It shan't be long before I'm watching this on me big screen.

  • Vanessa Martinez | August 5, 2011 5:33 AMReply

    cool..good for her :)

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