Back To The Film's Roots: Tom Hanks' 'Saving Mr Banks' To Close BFI London Film Festival

The highly anticipated movie Saving Mr. Banks, in which Tom Hanks stars as the controversial Walt Disney, attempting to work with Pamela Travers (Emma Thompson) on a film adaptation of Mary Poppins, is set to provide the curtain call for the BFI London Film Festival.

Tom Hanks in Saving Mr. BanksTom Hanks in Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr Banks producer Alison Owen, thinks closing the prestigious London festival is a nice touch, given the film’s connection with the English Capital. "Saving Mr Banks is very much about British manners versus American values, as Pamela Travers and Walt Disney battle over the rights to Mary Poppins, so it feels absolutely fitting that the LFF Closing Night should be our European Premiere, and we feel very honoured,” she said.

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"We hope Pamela Travers would approve wholeheartedly. We filmed the London sequences in the street where Pamela lived, and London was both the start of the journey for Mary Poppins and for our movie, so we feel like we're beginning in the right place."

Tom Hanks in Captain PhillipsTom Hanks in Captain Phillips

Oscar Buzz is already surrounding this film as we slowly make our way into awards season – the time it’s okay to start predicting who’ll win the big ones: best actor/actress.

Thing is, Hanks is getting people talking for both his portrayal of studio chief Disney and his performance as Richard Phillips, the US sailor taken hostage by Somali pirates in 2009. Captain Phillips will open the London Film Festival after having its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on Sept. 27, while the venue for Saving Mr Banks' world premiere is TBA.


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