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Colin Farrell’s ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Closes the BFI London Film Festival
21 Oct 2013 : By Julie Browne
Colin Farrell and Tom Hanks star in 'Saving Mr. Banks'
The world premiere of John Lee Hancock's ‘Saving Mr. Banks’, starring Colin Farrell, Tom Hanks, and Emma Thompson brought the 57th edition of the BFI London Film Festival to an end last night.

Saving Mr Banks tells the story of Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L Travers’ (Emma Thompson) novel Mary Poppins, with the author hesitant to hand over her cherished book and its characters over to Hollywood.

Irish actor Colin Farrell (‘In Bruges’, ‘Ondine’, ‘Intermission’) plays P.L Traver’s father, Robert Goff Travers.

In the film, Travers thinks back to her difficult childhood in Australia, most especially to her father, the inspiration for the role of the story’s patriarch, Mr. Banks.

The cast includes Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, and Kathy Baker.

The film was written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith, produced by Christine Langan (‘The Queen’) and Andrew Mason (‘The Matrix Trilogy’) and edited by Mark Livolsi (‘The Blind Side’).

The Walt Disney Pictures’ film was produced by Ruby Films, Essential Media and Entertainment production in association with BBC Films and Hopscotch Features.

Farrell has recently finished filming ‘Miss Julie’ in Fermanagh with Samantha Morton and Jessica Chastain. He will also star in upcoming films ‘Winter’s Tale’ and ‘Solace’ which are set to be released in 2014.

‘Saving Mr Banks’ will be released in Irish cinemas on the 29th November.

The trailer is available to watch below:





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