As a huge (!!) fan of musical theatre and movie musicals, it’s perhaps no surprise that my most anticipated movie of 2018 was Mary Poppins Returns. Before seeing the movie (and tripping a little light fantastic in the theatre, as my seat mates can attest), I had the pleasure of being on the red carpet at the Canadian premiere of the film. I spoke with the delightful film’s star Emily Mortimer (who plays a grown up Jane Banks), her close friend and collaborator Dolly Wells (who’s brilliant in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, by the way, and was adorably taking pictures of the Em to her Doll on the press line), Canadian actress Sarah Fisher and social media influencer Lauren Orlando. Below you will find some of my highlights.
(And yes, the movie lived up to my enormous expectations. I highly recommend it!)
I asked Emily Mortimer what her greatest achievements of 2018 were:
“I feel very, very proud to be part of this enormous film that’s not just going to be seen by many people but also loved by many people, and will bring immense joy into their lives. What I love as well, as someone who loves movies and loves the cinema, is that I’m in a movie that’s going to be seen in cinemas the world over. [laughs] That’s very important to me and I’m very excited by that. There are lots of people, young and old, particularly the young, who are going to go into a movie theatre to watch this film. So that feels like a huge achievement, given the way that the world is going and how so much is available to us not in cinemas and you worry about the safekeeping of films as a result. So that’s wonderful.
My husband (Alessandro Nivola) has just won an award, a British Independent Film Award in London, for a performance that he gave in Disobedience, done by Sebastián Lelio, who’s a great filmmaker, and that’s with Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz. He played a sort of sexy sad Rabbi and did it beautifully, so I feel very proud of him. And I feel very proud of my kids, Sam and May, who are both sweet and happy and kind and lovely. Sam came to the premiere and absolutely loved it. He’s a 15 year-old who’s not overly impressed by many things, but he kept grasping my arm every two seconds and saying “Oh my gosh! Wow”. He just loved it and thought it was absolutely brilliant, and he’s a real film buff. He does filmmaking at school, so he knows his stuff, but he loved it. So yes, those are my achievements of the year.”
I also spoke with Emily Mortimer’s lifelong friend and collaborator (and an esteemed actress in her own right), Dolly Wells.
Here’s what she had to say about her feature directorial debut Good Posture (starring Mortimer) and about what she likes best about working with her good friend Emily Mortimer:
I chatted with the lovely actress Sarah Fisher about her films #Roxy & Kiss and Cry:
I then talked to social media influencer Lauren Orlando about her music and movie project coming up, called Next Level, and about her super popular Lauren and Johnny Orlando collection (now available at Staples, just in time for the holidays!):