For background on the new Disney film inspired by Pamela Travers’s visit to Los Angeles to meet with Walt Disney, check out:
Director John Lee Hancock discusses the archival material used by both screenwriter and Emma Thompson (who plays Travers) in an interview on Moviefone:
In addition, the Archives had the tapes when P.L. Travers came because she insisted that everything be recorded on tape. I’m not sure if she was that efficient or she was terrified that she might win a point in the room but be dismissed in the movie. But she insisted that all these meetings be tape recorded. This wasn’t something that was done back then. They have something like 39 hours of this. It was invaluable not only to me but also to Kelly Marcel when she was writing it, and to Emma — it’s a goldmine if you’re playing a character, to have all those tapes from this period.
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