I loved A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories growing up. My kids were raised on them, too. While I knew they were based on A. A. Milne's son's childhood, I had no idea of the ramification of his storytelling. Thanks to FoxSearchlight for hosting a media screening. While I received compensation for posting about the film, as always, all opinions are my own. Goodbye Christopher Robin gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh.
Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?
This film shares the story of how A.A. Milne disrupted his son Christopher Robin's childhood by sharing their private adventures and shared them with the world. As an influencer, I sometimes have to stop and think about what I share about my children's lives. When my son was 10, we attended a seminar as part of Social Media Day that focused on digitally savvy families. One of the things we talked about in the session was the fact that every photo, every post, every story we post of our children becomes their digital footprint. We made the conscious decision as a family to allow our kids to determine at what level they wanted to participate in the blog—with the right to change that level of participation at any point in time. They get to choose every single image I post of them online, and veto any images they don't like, whether on my accounts or their accounts. The only time they don't get to choose is the family holiday card. They get a say in the photo we pick, but with 6 people, someone is bound to be unhappy.
Because as influencers we often share intimate stories about our kids, it's not fair to them to share without their permission. I certainly hadn't ever intentionally posted anything that would come back to be embarrassing to our kids, and there are ample stories I would never share because they are private, but I also didn't really give them the option to opt out our veto images until that session at our Burlington Social Media Day. I would never want to damage a relationship with my kids (or husband for that matter) for a post for a few hundred dollars.
Goodbye Christopher Robin is out in theatres November 10.
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