The director of the wildly-successful film Mamma Mia! that was filmed on the islands of Skopelos and Skiathos, has urged Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni not to allow development of Greece’s coasts.
Phyllida Lloyd sent a letter to Kefalogianni voicing strong opposition to the coastal area privatization plans in Greece and underlined that she is fascinated by its natural beauty, as the country is among the last destinations in the world still unspoiled by commercial tourism.
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras wanted to sell off the coasts to private developers, along with parks and green space, to bring in cash during an ongoing economic crisis but withdrew it for revision in the face of withering criticism from environmentalists and activists.
Llloyd wrote that the Greek island landscape “of incomparable beauty was the biggest gift to cinema-goers worldwide,” she underlined, noting that it is inconceivable to all the people associated with the movie to even think that the extraordinary beautiful Greek coasts “will be auctioned off” in such a way.
The whole world sees Greece as one of the last unspoiled destinations, she underlined, adding that in combination with the archaeological sites across the country, Greece is among the few places in the world that can be called “heaven on earth”.
She noted that the movie was filmed in Greece because of this beauty, adding that there will be no return once the thin line is crossed and Greece’s coasts are occupied by hotels and other facilities, as it has repeatedly been proven by the horrifically overdeveloped coastlines in other European countries.
Lloyd said that the catastrophic economic crisis has a negative effect on Greece, underlining, however, that if the country’s unique contribution to the world cultural heritage is commercialized, the profits will be short-term but the disaster caused will be long-term both for the country’s future and the entire world.