WOFF Opening Night: Mamma Mia

Sophie (Seyfried) is all set to marry to Sky (Cooper) on the idyllic Greek island where she lives with her mum, Donna (Streep). But before Sophie walks down the aisle she wants to find out who her father is. She’s never met him but she’s got a few leads – three in fact. Back in the day, her mum had flings with Sam (Brosnan), Harry (Firth) and Bill (Skarsgård). Sophie has invited all three of her potential fathers-of-the-bride to her big day. When they turn up on the island for the nuptials, along with Donna’s old band mates Rosie (Walters) and Tanya (Baranski) from The Dynamos, the scene is set for sun, sea, love, misunderstandings and a jukebox full of ABBA songs.

Mamma Mia!, the sleeper hit of 2008, was panned by most critics but audiences around the world took it to their hearts. It’s a feel-good movie and the perfect choice to launch this year’s Women Over 50 Film Festival (WOFFF). Mamma Mia! not only stars three strong, older women – played by Meryl Streep, Julie Walters and Christine Baranski – but also has three strong, older women at the helm behind the camera – writer Catherine Johnson, producer Judy Craymer and director Phyllida Lloyd.

WOFFF screens short films by or about older women. This year’s festival (14–17 September) launches at Duke of York’s then moves to the Sallis Benney Theatre for two days of over 50 events, including short film screenings, special guests, Q&As, talks and workshops.

Club and Group screenings

Thu 14th Sep 18.00 F-Rated: The F-Rating is applied to films by cinemas and film festivals giving movie-goers an easily identifiable label so they can choose films that fairly represent women on screen and behind the camera.

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