Film scouts give Maryborough a miss for Poppins blockbuster

WITH the January 9 Australian opening of the Hollywood blockbuster about Maryborough's most famous author comes the reminder a spoonful of sugar will not be enough.

Producers for one of 2014's biggest films, Saving Mr Banks, told the Chronicle in October 2012 that no filming would take place in the region.

The movie, which tells the story of how Walt Disney convinced Mary Poppins writer PL Travers to allow him make the film about her popular children's book, reportedly features scenes based on the writer's Maryborough-spent childhood.

It was initially reported production would visit the heritage city, and an opportunity potentially made available for a local talent to fill the role of a young PL Travers.

That, however, failed to eventuate and now with the film opening across the world, Proud Marys founder Anne Miller said came the realisation Travers' birthplace had been partly forgotten.

"I was very disappointed that they didn't use Maryborough because if they use the actual place it adds to the atmosphere," Ms Miller said.

"(There's no doubt Maryborough provided basis for the story) because in the book that family is the Bank family and (Travers') father was a bank manager in Maryborough...

"The time cannon here was fired at 1pm each day and she has Admiral Boom fire the time cannon at 6pm at night..."

Ms Miller helped co-ordinate a campaign to raise money for a statue to honour Mary Poppins author PL Travers in 2005.

Fraser Coast councillor Darren Everard said film scouts came to the region early in the piece and a package was put together from the council.

He said in the end the decision not to film in the region was decided by the producers.

A representative of Walt Disney Australia contacted the Chronicle and confirmed no filming took place in Maryborough.


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