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Saving Mr Banks to close 57th BFI London Film Festival

Saving Mr Banks

Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY’S Saving Mr Banks is to close the 57th BFI London Film Festival.

The film, which tells the extraordinary untold story of how one of the most beloved tales of all time, Mary Poppins, was brought to the big screen, will bring down the curtain on this year’s event on Sunday, October 20, at the Odeon Leicester Square.

In doing so, the film will also be receiving its European premiere.

Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), the film stars two-time Academy Award®-winner Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility, The Remains of the Day, Howards End) as the London-based author of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Philadelphia) as Walt Disney.

They lead a stellar international supporting cast including Colin Farrell (In Bruges), Paul Giamatti (Sideways) and Ruth Wilson (Luther).

Hancock, Thompson and Hanks – whose other film, “Captain Phillips”: has already been announced as the opening film of the festival – are all expected to attend the Closing Night Gala.

Clare Stewart, BFI Head of Exhibition and Festival Director, commented: “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.”

The 57th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express runs from Wednesday, October 9 until Sunday, October 20. The full programme for the Festival will be announced on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.