After the release of The Jungle Book in 2016, and 2017’s Beauty and the Beast, the live action adaptations of children’s stories carry on with the latest offering, which comes in the form of ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’, the story of A.A Milne and how beloved bear Winnie the Pooh came to be.
The film, directed by Simon Curtis, stars Domnhall Gleeson, as British author A.A Milne, who, inspired by his son Christopher Robin and his collection of adorable stuffed animals, brought to life Winnie the Pooh and friends, in their home of the Hundred Acre Wood.
This touching story of the love between a father and his son delves deeper than a honey loving bear, but also addresses a sense of hope and happiness which was brought to England through Milne’s work after the doom and gloom of The First World War. The film’s first trailer was released on the 21st June, 2017, and within hours of it being released, it had amassed over one and a half million views on YouTube.
‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ is released in cinemas everywhere on September 29th.
In other British film related news, on 21st June 2017, British actor Sir Daniel Day-Lewis announced his retirement from the film industry. The news came courtesy of Day-Lewis’ agent, Leslee Dart, who announced “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.”
Over the course of his 46-year film career, Sir Daniel Day-Lewis has starred in 21 films, which began as a teenager with John Schlesinger’s 1971 drama, Sunday Bloody Sunday, and will conclude with Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, due for release in February 2018, which follows the fashion world of 1950s London.
Throughout his illustrious career, Sir Daniel Day-Lewis won 3 Best Actor Academy Awards, for roles in My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown, released in 1998, when Daniel portrayed the title role, who learns to paint and write using just his left foot.
His second came in 2007’s Paul Thomas Anderson drama, There Will Be Blood, in which Day-Lewis portrayed miner-turned-oil tycoon, Daniel Plainview in the heat of early 20th century California.
His third and final Academy Award was for 2012 Spielberg historic epic, Lincoln, when Day-Lewis played iconic President, ‘Honest Abe’, who struggled with the decision to emancipate the slaves. He holds the merit of being the only actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor on three separate occasions. This record has only been topped by Katharine Hepburn, who won four Academy Awards for Best Actress.
However, this decision is not the first made by the British actor to leave the screen – in the mid-1990s, Sir Daniel Day-Lewis embraced his “semi-retirement” and moved to Florence with his family to become an apprentice shoemaker, before being lured back to the screen to work with legendary film director Martin Scorsese for 2002’s Gangs of New York, alongside a star-studded cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Liam Neeson and more.
In 2014, Sir Daniel Day-Lewis was made a Knight Bachelor of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace by Prince William for his services to drama at the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Speaking to the BBC, Day-Lewis described how he was “entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure” to receive such an honour.
Passionate about his craft, Sir Daniel Day-Lewis has been known to be very strict about his roles, often putting months of research into the role beforehand. In prepararation for My Left Foot, Day-Lewis confined himself to a wheelchair, and also became an apprentice butcher to prepare for his role as Bill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting in Gangs of New York. He was also known to make cast and crew refer to him as ‘Mr President’ during the filming of Spielberg’s Lincoln, refusing to step out of character off-set.
Speaking about this dedication to the BBC, Day-Lewis commented, “All you’re trying to do is lay the groundwork, which might allow the imagination to free itself. When the imagination frees itself, you have no goddamn idea what’s going to happen. So it’s not a constrictive or restrictive way of working – quite the opposite… What would drain me much more, in my case, is jumping in and out of that world that we’ve gone to such an inordinate length to create for ourselves.”