The miniseries, based on the book by Christos Tsiolkas and the Australian TV series of the same name, is a family drama that centers on a man who slaps another couple's child for misbehaving. When the couple's parents threaten legal action, the chain of events that follows uncovers long-buried secrets within the group of friends and family, and challenges the core values of everyone involved. The show features an all-star cast, which includes Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Zachary Quinto, Uma Thurman, Brian Cox and Melissa George.
"I'm extremely non-violent," Thurman told ET at the New York premiere. "I don't see why anyone would think violence would be an effective way to treat a human being with a complex brain."
It's Quinto's character that delivers the slap that starts it all, and he explained the character's rationale.
"He believes he was protecting his son," he said. "He believes that he was protecting his honor."