I’ve just returned from a buzzing Skiathos town where the movie everyone has been waiting for, had its world premier tonight. Filmed on location in Skiathos and the neighbouring island of Skopelos, last summer, local townsfolk were anxious to see not only how their island has been portrayed but were also hoping to catch a glimpse of themselves on the big screen,as many had taken part in the filming, as ‘extras’.
They weren’t disappointed and they have every right to feel immensely proud of their island – Skiathos looked absolutely BEAUTIFUL! The tiny open-air cinema (complete with red carpet for the occasion!) was filled to capacity and looking around, seeing the beaming smiles from start to finish, the general consensus was clearly one of huge approval. It’s such a fun-filled, fast-paced, ‘feel good’ movie; there wasn’t a still pair of feet in the house (Abba’s music throughout provided plenty of opportunity for toe-tapping!). Side-splitting funny scenes were interspersed with moments filled with pure joy and even pathos. This movie has it all. Meryl Streep, along with all her co-stars; Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth et al, gave superb performances. They were brilliantly cast and clearly had great fun throughout the shooting. Mamma Mia’s sure to enjoy global success and put Skiathos firmly on the map!
I, for one, can’t wait to see it again!