The Shadow of Mary Poppins
Behind the character of the smiling Nanny lies the much darker story of Pamela Travers, a woman escaping her own upbringing - the shame of an alcoholic father who died when she was seven and her resentment of an absent mother
Who would have thought that this universally loved character that has brought so much joy to millions of children and parents around the world was born out of such pain?
The Shadow of Mary Poppins is a one-hour documentary that explores and traces the parallel lives of Travers and Mary Poppins from their origins through to their transformation from servant to seer. The enigma that was Pamela Travers is finally revealed in this biography of the creator of one of the most popular characters in children's fiction and film.
Premiered 2002 on ABC
Writer/Director Lisa Matthews
Producer Ian Collie
Executive Producer Chris Hilton
A Hilton Cordell production in association with the Film Finance Corporation Australia, New South Wales Film and Television Office for ABC Australia, CBC Newsworld, RTE Ireland and AVRO Holland.