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Drama - Family

Saving Mr Banks (2013)

Released 2013 Rating PG in UK
Director John Lee Hancock Writer/s Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith
Starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Annie Rose Buckley, Colin Farrell
Source of story Based on (as opposed to “inspired by”) real events.
Elevator Pitch In 1961, with money running short PL Travis, the author of Mary Poppins, is persuaded to sell the film rights to Walt Disney, but retains control of the screenplay. As a result she goes to Hollywood and is involved in the development of the picture. In flashback we see her difficult childhood in Australia and her relationship with real and fictional fathers.
Content Australia in 1909 and Hollywood in 1961 – well contrasted. Time spent in rehearsals with songs. Interaction between the author as a girl with her family and as an adult with Walt Disney and others. She returns from America a more relaxed and sunny person (In reality during negotiations for a stage version of the book she agreed as long as no Americans were involved).
A View While this movie does not follow real events exactly it is brilliantly constructed and does not put a foot wrong, so if you are a fan of the actors or like light drama you’ll go for it. I particularly liked the rehearsals with the Sherman brothers

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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