“Saving Mr. Banks” — John Lee Hancock’s detailing of how “Mary Poppins” was brought to the big screen — is set to close the 57th BFI London Film Festival, it was announced today.
Starring Emma Thompson as “Poppins” author P.L. Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney himself, “Banks” is having its European Premiere at the festival, which does beg the question of where it is heading first. Toronto, Telluride and New York have not completed their lineups, meaning “Banks” is surely heading to one (or more) of those festivals before closing London. Our bet is that its one of Toronto’s 100-odd titles left to be announced.
“There is only one word that gives full expression to the inventiveness and creativity of the film that will be our Closing Night Gala for the 57th BFI London Film Festival – ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Positively overflowing with its ebullient love of storytelling and the filmmaking process, ‘Saving Mr Banks’ is also a magical ode to the brilliance and volatility of the two very different creative forces behind the making of Mary Poppins, with Emma Thompson superb as the protective author P.L. Travers and Tom Hanks in charming form as Walt Disney,” Clare Stewart, BFI Head of Exhibition and Festival Director, said in a statement.
In addition to Hanks and Thompson, “Banks” co-stars Colin Farrell and Paul Giamatti. It was written by Kelly Marcel (who also is writing the “50 Shades of Grey” script) and Sue Smith.
The 57th BFI London Film Festival runs October 8-October 20, 2013. The full program for the Festival will be announced on September 4th.