His­tory vs Hol­ly­wood

Is Si­mon Cur­tis’ story of the child that in­spired the Win­nie-the-pooh char­ac­ter just an­other Hol­ly­wood fairy­tale? Di­rec­tor: Si­mon Cur­tis Star­ring: Domh­nall Glee­son, Margot Rob­bie, Kelly Mac­don­ald, Will Til­ston Coun­try: United King­dom Re­leased: 2017

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The truth be­hind the har­row­ing tale of Good­bye Christo­pher Robin


In the movie, au­thor AA Milne suf­fers with PTSD af­ter fight­ing in World War I and moves his fam­ily from Lon­don to the coun­try­side as a re­sult. Al­though it is not con­firmed whether Milne re­ally did have PTSD, he was a pas­sion­ate anti-war ad­vo­cate.


In the film, Milne’s wife Daphne pub­lishes ‘Ves­pers’, his heart­felt poem to her, in the mag­a­zine Van­ity Fair with­out his knowl­edge. In truth, Milne had promised Daphne that she could keep any money she made if she was able to sell it to a pub­li­ca­tion.


Daphne is por­trayed as a ne­glect­ful mother who leaves her son in the care of a nanny. This isn’t quite true as Christo­pher Milne has said that his mother would of­ten play with him as a child, and it was her who came up with a lot of the ma­te­rial for Win­nie-the-pooh.


Christo­pher was in­spired to name his teddy af­ter a bear called Winne that he saw at Lon­don Zoo. The film also doesn’t take any dra­matic li­cense when Christo­pher is forced to have his photo taken in­side the wild an­i­mal’s en­clo­sure years later - this re­ally hap­pened!


At the end, Christo­pher rec­on­ciles with his par­ents af­ter years of ten­sion caused by the fame and at­ten­tion that Milne’s books brought. In re­al­ity, things weren’t that easy: Christo­pher only saw his mother once in the 15 years she lived af­ter his fa­ther’s death.

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