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Blue Lagoon Stars Here On Anniversary Celebrations

Blue Lagoon Stars Here On Anniversary Celebrations
Welcome back ... Blue Lagoon Movie actor Christopher Atkins (right) with his girlfriend Sandra Ankarbjo’rk take a selfie enroute to Turtle Island Resort from Nadi Bay yesterday by Turtle Airways seaplane. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
May 20
10:11 2015

Film director Randal Kleiser and lead actor Christopher Atkins of the famed 1980 Blue Lagoon movie shot here have  come back to Fiji after 36 years.

The two, who share a great friendship, have found themselves on the famous Turtle Island Resort, the film location of the 1979 movie.

The duo will be meeting with Turtle Island owner, Richard Evanson Snr, as the resort marks 35 years of operations in Fiji.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the Fijians again and I’m hoping that some of them are still around – my heart’s pounding,” Mr Atkins said.

“I’m looking forward to whatever happens there. The island has done so well for me. That movie changed my entire life.

“I am really nervous because the last time we were shooting and were on the island living in tents for months.

“I have lot of emotion, a lot of memories and 36 years later, we get to experience this again. I don’t think anyone has that kind of chance.”

Mr Atkins is accompanied ry his girlfriend, Sandra Ankarbjork, who came all the way from Sweden to be with him.

Mr Kleiser vividly remembered that this was his fourth visit to Fiji.

“When I got off the plane, I remember how the Fijians are. I haven’t forgotten everybody is smiling,” he said.

After the movie set, Mr Kleiser did set foot on the very island a year later.

“I wanted to come back and see the set and when I came back, it was like a ghost town, everyone has gone.”

 

Turtle Island owner

Turtle Island’s owner, Mr Evanson Senior, earned his Engineering Degree from University of Washington in USA in 1957.

In 1962, he got his MBA from Harvard Business School straight as an entrepreneur on the fast track to success, and made his fortune in cable television.

Ten years later, he was burnt out and found a welcome escape in Fiji where he purchased Nanuya Levu, a 500-acre barren, uninhabited island in the Yasawa Islands.

He arrived with little more than a generator, refrigerator, and tent on the islands where the wild goats had colonised before he set his eyes.

From dust, Mr Evanson rejuvenated the land, building himself a new home, employed local villagers to plant hundreds and thousands of trees before he renamed his property “Turtle Island.”

In the late 1970s, film producers who had searched the world for the perfect location for the “The Blue Lagoon,” starring Christopher Atkins and Brooke Shields, approached Mr Evanson to use his island.

For the first time in 1980, Turtle Island opened its doors to its first paying guests when the filming finished.

Turtle Island Fiji director of Sales & Marketing Matt Buchan said they are returning to Fiji to visit the setting again.

“Only a certain number of guests are staying on Turtle Island for the 35th Anniversary and they are in for an incredible week! It is very exclusive,” Mr Buchan said.

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