I was very excited when Sicilian American film director Mark Spano asked if he could interview me for a documentary he was making, called Reimagining Sicily.
I was particularly impressed when he managed to book nearby 17th century Villa Palagonia to do the filming; for this gorgeous villa is owned by 32 different people, none of whom like each other and one of whom occasionally emerges in his underpants and shouts at visitors in German, according to local gossip.
But enough of that, for the documentary tackles loftier themes. Mark’s aim was to get to the root of what being Sicilian is really all about, and how being at the beating heart of thirteen different empires has shaped an island with more culture than anywhere else on earth. The people of this little triangle of earth, certainly the most exotic place in Europe, are at once refined and earthy, dignified and hilarious and, above all, conquered thirteen times yet utterly, entirely indomitable.
Once you have lived in Sicily you can never really leave, for she will chew you up, digest you, and make you a part of her. I think Mark’s documentary does a good job of explaining how.
You will have a chance to see me on screen, looking really rather good if I say so myself. I usually appear to have slept on the beach but, for this special occasion, I went to the hairdresser and appeared before the camera looking downright sleek. Several friends of mine were also interviewed, all fascinating and knowledgeable people whose insights I am sure you will enjoy.
For just the month of June 2017, you can watch the online premiere of REIMAGINING SICILY free of charge. The only requirement is that you spend 5 minutes at the end completing a review questionnaire. Please email reimaginingsicily @ gmail .com to request a link to see the film.
If you do watch it, I would love to hear what you think.