Saving Mr Banks is a film about Walt Disney’s pursuit of the film rights to the novel ‘Mary Poppins’ written by P.L Travers. Tom Hanks plays the role of legend Walt Disney; incidentally this is the first time that Disney has been depicted in a dramatic film. Emma Thompson plays the role of the novelist P.L Travers, the film documents their testy partnership during the projects pre-production in 1961.
Disney promised his daughters that he would make Mary Poppins in to a movie, not realising it would take 20 years to realise the dream. Travers proved to be very prickly and demanded contractual script and character control, this proved to be very difficult for both Disney’s idea of the film adaptation but also those in the creative team – Screenwriter Don DaGradi and the composers – brothers Richard and Robert Sherman. During the visit she was played songs by the Sherman brothers, which ended up in the 1964 film, such as A Spoonful of Sugar and Let’s Go Fly a Kite. Their original score and song (Chim-Chim-Cher-ee) won Oscars® at the 1965 ceremony (the film won five awards of its thirteen nominations). Saving Mr Banks has been directed by John Lee Hancock and the film is already being tipped for Oscar success. It is released in UK cinemas from 29th November 2013. (more…)