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Biopics, Comedy, Drama
Disney's 1964 classic Mary Poppins has delighted generations of kids, yet getting the tale of a magical nanny to the big screen was a nightmare. This charming comedy drama fictionalises studio founder Walt Disney's 20-year struggle to persuade author P. L. Travers to allow the filming of her original novel. Beautifully played by Emma Thompson, the prickly, uncompromising woman refuses to be sweet-talked by Disney, and it's only money problems that eventually take her to Hollywood to negotiate. Even then, Travers digs in her heels, causing amusing headaches for Disney's exasperated creative team with her nitpicking. But touching flashbacks to her troubled childhood gradually reveal the reason for her uncooperativeness.
Classic film with musical scenes about nanny Mary Poppins, who is full of common sense but friends with talking animals and dancing chimney sweeps.
5–11 years 134 mins
A mesmerising drama that sees a film director flee to a spa resort because he can't deal with the pressure of coming up with another hit.
14+ years 132 mins
A semi-fictionalised account of the genesis of Peter Pan, starring Johnny Depp as the initially unsuccessful author J.M. Barrie.
7–16 years 97 mins
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