Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
Interstellar Review
The Making Of The West Wing
Get 12 Issues For Only £25 Today
The perfect gift this Christmas
London Film Festival 2014
Our round-up of the galas, films and interviews
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Seth Rogen In Talks To Be Steve Wozniak
Jessica Chastain also up for Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs film
First Look At Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
Switchblade sisters
Neil Marshall Will Tell Tales Of Halloween
He's part of a new horror anthology
Fede Alvarez Finds A Man In The Dark
A new horror with Sam Raimi and the Evil Dead team
Gal Gadot In Talks For Ben-Hur
UPDATE: She's no longer in talks
Kelly Reilly Joins True Detective
Abigail Spencer, Michael Irby and Leven Rambin also set
Hugh Jackman Finds Lion
Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel also set for real-life tale
Lucy Liu Starring In Snakehead
A human trafficking drama
New Poster And Trailer For The SpongeBob Movie
Sponge Out Of Water
Alex Garland's Ex_Machina Trailer And Poster Land
Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander set heads to 'trip'
Michael Bay Clocks 13 Hours
The director plans a Benghazi drama
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
YESTERDAY
Kelly Reilly Joins True Detective
Abigail Spencer, Michael Irby and Leven Rambin also set
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Men, Women & Children
05 December 2014
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Effie Gray (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Congress (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Locke (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Love Punch (2014)
Empire Star Rating
A New York Winter’s Tale
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Saving Mr. Banks To Close The 2013 BFI London Film Festival
It's a Tom Hanks two-fer as his roles open and close the Festival

08 August 2013  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

submit to reddit

Good news for fans of Tom Hanks, or to put it another way, everyone. Saving Mr. Banks will close this year's BFI London Film Festival, filling the Closing Night Gala spot with its European premiere. This is a double hit for the actor, whose Captain Phillips / Paul Greengrass collaboration will also open the Festival this year. Here's a thought: given the buzz on both these films, should the double Oscar-winner worry about splitting his own vote come award season this year?

Saving Mr. Banks is, of course, the story of Walt Disney's long campaign to persuade sceptical author P. L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to grant him the rights to her Mary Poppins character. We know that he finally did, since we've all seen Mary Poppins, but what's much less well-known is that the source of Travers' trepidation - and unhappiness with the final film - was the deeply-felt autobiographical roots of the story, in her own relationship with her father (Colin Farrell).

The film's been surrounded by positive buzz since the word go and all the signs for this are good, so chalk this up as a win for the Festival. The LFF runs from October 9 to October 20 this year, and Saving Mr. Banks (not to be confused with Hanks' other big rescue attempt, Saving Private Ryan) will hit screens in the UK this winter.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Karen Black Dies
She was 74
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

SAVE UP TO 48% GET 12 ISSUES FOR ONLY £25
Get the best seat in the house by subscribing to the world's biggest movie magazine today. Save up to 69% and every month you'll get exclusive subscriber-only covers, access to the biggest stars and the best news, reviews and behind-the-scenes reports straight from the set. Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire Meets Mike Leigh
On Mr. Turner, 007 and liver in lager

World War II Movies That Win At History
Seen Fury? Here’s what to watch next...

The 25 Shatneriest William Shatner Moments Of All Time
Prepare. For. Many. One. Word. Sentences.

Marvel Announces Phase Three Film Slate Up To 2019
Photos from the event and have a look at all the new movie logos

Lists Of Our Lifetime: Empire's 25 Greatest Scares
Monsters, ghosts, horrible old ladies: the scenes that have kept us hiding behind the sofa for the last 25 years. Warning: contains spoilers.

Empire's Interstellar Review
Read our official verdict on Christopher Nolan's science-fiction epic

The 40 Most Fearsome One-Man Armies In Cinema
When you absolutely, positively have to kill every last mutha in the room...

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)