We all know of Christopher Robin – he’s the young boy from the stories of Winnie the Pooh. But how much do we know of the real person? It’s here Simon Curtis’ moving drama Goodbye Christopher Robin thrives, as get to know the child behind the tales, and we had the pleasure of sitting down with the director to mark the film’s release on September 29.
Starring Domhnall Gleeson (as A.A. Milne) and Margot Robbie, the film balances a whole myriad of themes, bookended by the two World Wars, all the while maintaining its enchanting tone. We asked Curtis about the challenge in balancing so many themes, while he also discusses what it is about this world that we adore so much.
Curtis speaks about the limitless of children, how Christopher Robin was in some ways one of the first ever child superstars, and just how good young Will Tilston is in the title role – in what is his very first cinematic endeavour.
After leaving London for the English countryside, writer A.A. Milne starts to spin fanciful yarns about his son’s growing collection of stuffed animals. These stories form the basis for “Winnie-the-Pooh” and “The House at Pooh Corner,” published respectively in 1926 and 1928. Milne and his family soon become swept up in the instant success of the books, while the enchanting tales bring hope and comfort to the rest of postwar England.
Goodbye Christopher Robin is released on September 29th. You can read our review of the film here.