Saving Mr Banks to Close BFI London Film Festival

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The 57th BFI London Film Festival (9th-20th October) has annouced its closing film which, like its opener, will star Tom Hanks.

Last year we were treated to some of 2012’s most critically acclaimed features including Robot and Frank, Antiviral, Wadjda, Spike Island, Great Expectations, The Hunt, Rust and Bone, 4 time Academy award nominee Beasts of the Southern Wild, Frankenweenie (nominated Best Animation) and Oscar winners Amour (Best Foreign Language Film) and Silver Linings Playbook (Best Actress).  This year looks set to continue in the same vein, ending on high with the much anticipated Saving Mr. Banks.

Directed by John Lee Hancock, Saving Mr. Banks tells the story of novelist P.L Travers (Emma Thompson) and her negotiations with Walt Disney (Hanks) for the screen rights to make a film of her most famous character, Mary Poppins. Whilst visiting California during production Travers reminisces over her own turbulant childhood in Australia, and in particular her father – the inspiration for the stories patriach, Mr. George Banks.

Co-Starring Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson and Paul Giamatti, the film is not set for full UK release until January 2014 so this is a truly advanced screening for those lucky enough to attend.

Tickets aren’t yet available but they will be soon, so keep a close eye on the BFI website.


Katie Hall is the assistant editor at Critics Associated.