Still from 'The Slap' featuring mother embracing her son.  She is upset. Still from 'The Slap'

Oct 10 2012

The nominees have been announced for the 2012 International Emmy Awards and local production The Slap has picked up a nomination for Best Drama Series.

It's great news for the Matchbox Pictures team/ the ABC / Screen Australia and the swag of AFTRS alumni who worked on the TV adaptation of Christos Tsolkias book.

The Slap will be up against Braquo (France), ICAC Investigators 2011(Hong Kong), The Kitchen Musical (Singapore) and The Social Leader (Argentina).

AFTRS alumni involved in The Slap include:

Tony Ayres (Screenwriting, 1989) series script Producer and Episode Director; Robert Connolly (BA Producing, 1995) Episode Director; Cate Shortland (Graduate Diploma Directing, 2000) part of Writing Team;Antony Partos (BA Sound, 1991) series Original Music; Jessica Wells (MA Screen Music, 2005) Orchestrator Music department [3 episodes]; Andrew Commis (MA Cinematography, 1999) Cinematography [8 episodes]; Melinda Doring (MA Production Design, 1998) Production Design.

We also spied a report that NBC is close to finalising a deal to adapt The Slap for the US market with Brothers & Sisters creator Jon Robin Baitz writing the adaptation to be executive produced with Matchbox Pictures'Tony Ayres and US producers Walter ParkesLaurie MacDonald and Ted Gold.

Tony Ayres told the TV Tonight, website "We are thrilled to be working with such accomplished producers asParkes Macdonald, and excited to see how the premise of The Slap which really is universal in its reach and effect, will translate in particular into the American context."

To date The Slap has picked up a host of awards including AACTAs, Logies, AWGIEs, Australian Director's Guild awards a nomination for a BAFTAs and a Monte-Carlo Television Festival award.

We also hear that Rake written and directed by AFTRS alumnus and current council member Peter Duncan(BA Screenwriting, 1994) is also in development for a US adaptation with Greg Kinnear in the title role.

It is brilliant to see Australian quality productions of this calibre being made for television.

Image: Still from The Slap


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