It all begins as successful Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie watches his latest play open to a ho-hum reaction among the polite society of Edwardian England. A literary genius of his times but bored by the same old themes, Barrie is clearly in need of some serious inspiration. Unexpectedly, he finds it one day during his daily walk with his St. Bernard, Porthos, in London’s Kensington Gardens. There, Barrie encounters the Llewelyn Davies family: four fatherless boys and their recently widowed mother.
Finding Neverland played at the 2004 Heartland Film Festival in the Closing Night Event.
Sample Discussion Guide Questions:
The character of Peter Pan was based on Peter Llewelyn-Davis, but do you believe that Barrie saw himself as Peter Pan, as Peter Llwelyn-Davies states at the end of the film? Why?
How do the limitations of the real world boundaries Barrie and the Llewelyn-Davies family experience contrast with the limitless imagination Barrie embraces in the film? Give some examples.
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