We caught up with actress & animal activist Virginia McKenna during her visit to San Francisco’s Green Film Festival. This year marks the 50th anniversary of “Born Free,” that stars McKenna and Bill Travers, her husband. The film is based on the true story. Joy Adamson’s book Born Free captured how she and her husband helped raise Elsa, an orphaned lion cub. The book was an instant success and the film was even a bigger success.
In this interview we spoke to McKenna about the making of “Born Free,” and her passionate advocacy for animal rights. McKenna and her husband founded the Born Free Foundation, which now runs with the help of her son Will Travers.
British actress and activist Virginia McKenna talks about Born Free, a film based on Jay Adamson’s novel by the same name. Born Free celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
McKenna and her husband Bill Travers acted in the film about bringing up a little orphaned lion cub called Elsa. The picture’s title song Born Free sung by Matt Munro won an Academy Award (1966) for the Best Original Song. Ironically, the song was not included at first and McKenna explains the back story of how it got included later on.
McKenna was in San Francisco as part of this year’s San Francisco Green Film Festival.
And we have a longer interview with McKenna coming up where she talks about the making of the film and how they learnt to work with lions.