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I was recently given the opportunity to attend a screening and Q&A of Swing Away (2016) in Rancho Mirage, California before it releases on March 10th, 2017.
Swing Away is about Zoe Papadopoulos, a professional golfer who travels to her grandparents’ village in Greece to escape the harsh spotlight of the international sports world after being suspended from her tour. While enjoying the paradise that is Greece, Zoe meets ten-year old Stella, a determined golf novice. Zoe decides to take Stella under her wing and teach her golf.
The movie is light-hearted and wholesome. It is family friendly and offers the lesson of never giving up on your dreams. It features beautiful scenery from the island of Rhodes. The majority of the film is set at the Afandou golf course, one of the oldest golf courses in Greece.
Swing Away is directed by Michael A. Nickles (This is Not a Film) who you may remember as Jim Morrison from Wayne’s World 2 (1993). Zoe Papadopoulos is played by Shannon Elizabeth (Love Actually, Thir13en Ghosts), well known for her portrayal of Nadia in American Pie (1999). The film also stars actor John O’Hurley, a well-known voice and television actor from things such as Santa Barbra (1990-1991), Frasier (1993-2004), Baywatch (1989-2001), General Hospital (1963-), Phineas and Ferb (2007-2015) and Seinfeld (1989-1998).
Following a meltdown that leads to a suspension, professional golfer Zoe Papadopoulos travels to her grandparents’ village in Greece to escape the harsh spotlight of the international sports world. Between baking bread and eating baklava, she meets and mentors a ten-year-old girl who is determined – against all odds – to become the next golf sensation. Along the way, Zoe rediscovers her Greek heritage, her love of the game, and the hidden strength within herself as she inspires the townspeople in an epic showdown against a greedy American developer.