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:: Abba The Movie

A radio journalist is rushed off his feet as he mercilessly chases a famous musical band, state to state, around Australia, hoping to land that all important ‘exclusive’ interview. It’s a wretched and tiring game of cat and mouse and the question on everybody’s lips is will he make it?

Overflowing with hits and music magic, ‘ABBA - The Movie’ is a great film for die-hard fans, and those wondering what all the fuss was about. Directed by Lasse Halstrom, best known for films such as ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ and ‘The Cider House Rules’, the film provides a real-life glimpse into the world mania that was ABBA.

Following the group’s two-week concert tour of Australia in 1977, this fully restored, remastered film features all the hits, all the costumes and all the fans that only ABBA could acquire. The film features two plots: the concerts, and a journalist’s desperate attempt to get that interview which is worth its’ weight in gold.

Australian actor Robert Hughes plays radio DJ Ashley Wallace, who is given a one week deadline in which to create a two-hour ABBA radio special. Starting in Sydney, dogged by bad luck and without his media pass, Wallace misses media conferences, arriving too late thanks to dodgy directions. The same pattern unfolds as Wallace flies from state to state, much to the annoyance of his boss. Resorting to subterfuge and lies becomes his only weapon, as his attempts to grab even five minutes with the superstars becomes desperate.

The last days of ABBA’S Australian tour loom, and Wallace is no closer to an interview as he was the day the group arrived. But should he despair?

Originally the concept of the film was essentially a documentary about ABBA’S tour, which would also double as a television special. But following the mass hysteria and the groups’ 1976 success with singles such as ‘Waterloo’, ‘SOS’ and ‘Mamma Mia’ and record breaking sales of their ‘Best Of’ album, the decision to make a film was created.

Few could fail to be impressed by the sheer magnitude of screaming fans that accompanied the groups every move. 11 sold out concerts and total of 145,000 fans explains in a nutshell, the mass appeal ABBA and their music had on the world.

The film is great in that the best part of ABBA is maintained - the infectious music. The colour, splendour and grandeur are all there for viewing. It is honestly a fantastic watch and I recommend it highly.