Does the name Christopher Robin ring a bell? You might remember him from Winnie-the-Pooh stories. That adventurous and friendly little boy who was best friends with Winnie-the-Pooh. The kind soul who helped whenever he could.
Well get ready to see him again in Goodbye Christopher Robin. And you might even be lucky enough to score yourself some amazing prizes if you keep reading!
Goodbye Christopher Robin Synopsis
Synopsis from Fox Searchlight Pictures – Goodbye Christopher Robin gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will TIlston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?
Q&A with Kelly Macdonald who plays Nanny Olive
Christopher Robin’s had a close bond with nanny OIive, played by Macdonald. Here Macdonald discusses the pair’s unique relationship, playing period drama and crying at the film’s first screening.
What appealed to you about the story?
It’s refreshing. It’s an interesting story. People want to be entertained. It’s a more mellow version of what is on screen at the moment. It’s gentle.
Did you read Winnie the Pooh as a child?
Not when I was a child. It took me getting this part to read AA Milne’s work. I knew the name of the author of Winnie the Pooh. I hadn’t explored him as a writer. I think he was immensely talented. It was the humour that really stuck with me, his way with words. It was very simple writing which is quite often dismissed because people think it is easy. It’s not. He uses very few words in such a precise funny way.
Is it fair to say that Olive was the only constant presence in Christopher Robin’s life?
Yeah, she was his security blanket I think. She was the person who loved him and held him, the person he could turn to.
Could you imagine handing your own children to a nanny like the Milnes did?
It wasn’t hard for me to imagine because I’ve read a lot of other biographies of people around that time. It’s a very English tradition. At that time, it was not out of the ordinary at all. All of the Milne’s friends of the same age with children would be doing exactly the same thing. There only difference was their son was thrust into spotlight in a way that I don’t think anyone could have foreseen. It was the right time, right place kind of thing. I think Daphne (Margot Robbie) was a genius at PR. The branding! She wouldn’t have known what she was doing but she was a genius at it.
How do you balance your own career with raising your children?
It’s not complicated. I have had a particularly busy time of it. I’ve known when I’ve been working on a film or TV show what I’ll be going on to next. They’ve not overlapped, I’ve had time in between. It’s just what I do for my job.
There’s been a lot of tears during Christopher Robin Screenings. Did you cry?
I got quite tearful at the first screening. I don’t watch myself and get so moved by my performance. But I can remove myself enough that a story can move me. In Goodbye Christopher Robin, there is a moment where you see Daphne at the end of the film. She’s very buttoned up but you see her heart. You see all this emotion in this beautiful performance that Margot gives. That really broke me up when I saw it the first time.
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