When Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Disney's desire to bring her beloved character to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario's concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past.
During her stay in California, Travers reflects back on her childhood in 1906 Australia, a trying time for her family which not only moulded her aspirations to write, but one that also inspired the characters in her 1934 book. None more so than the one person whom she loved and admired more than any other, her caring father, Travers.
Goff, a tormented banker who, before his untimely death that same year, instills the youngster with both affection and enlightenment (and would be the muse for the story's patriarch, Mr. Banks, the sole character that the famous nanny comes to aide). While reluctant to grant Disney the film rights, Travers comes to realize that the acclaimed Hollywood storyteller has his own motives for wanting to make the film - which, like the author, hints at the relationship he shared with his own father in the early 20th Century Midwest.
Did you know?
Even though she didn't like much of the Sherman Brothers musical score, P.L. Travers was shocked and dismayed when Julie Andrews wrote to her that the filmmakers were planning to delete the song "Stay Awake" - one of Andrews' favorite songs and Travers' only favorite song from the movie - from Mary Poppins. She, then, requested the filmmakers to still retain the song in the film. Read More