When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins (1964), he made them a promise - one that he didn't realise would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation.
Painfully shy Todd Anderson has been sent to the school where his popular older brother was valedictorian. His room-mate, Neil, bright and popular, is under the thumb of his overbearing father. The two, along with their friends, meet Professor Keating, their new English teacher, who tells them of the Dead Poets Society and encourages them to go against the status quo.
Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.
Three teenagers from the slums of Guatemala, travel to the USA in search of a better life. On their journey through Mexico, they meet Chauk, an Indian who doesn't speak Spanish. Travelling together in freight trains and walking on railroad tracks, they soon have to face a harsh reality.
In 1984 20 year old closet gay, Joe, arrives in London for his first Gay Pride march and is taken under the wing of a group of gay men and Lesbian Steph, who meet at a Soho bookshop. Not only are gays being threatened by Thatcher but the miners are on strike in response to the pit closures and it is felt that gays and miners should show solidarity.