Saving Mr Banks
The film centers on the life of Travers, shifting between 1907 with her childhood in rural Queensland, Australia, the negotiations with Walt Disney and the making of Mary Poppins in the 1960s.
When Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Disney’s desire to bring her beloved character to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario’s concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past. During her stay in California, Travers’ reflects back on her childhood in 1906 Australia, a trying time for her family which not only molded her aspirations to write, but one that also inspired the characters in her 1934 book.
None more so than the one person whom she loved and admired more than any other—her caring father, Travers Goff, a tormented banker who, before his untimely death that same year, instills the youngster with both affection and enlightenment (and would be the muse for the story’s patriarch, Mr. Banks, the sole character that the famous nanny comes to aide). While reluctant to grant Disney the film rights, Travers comes to realize that the acclaimed Hollywood storyteller has his own motives for wanting to make the film.
The film stars Tom Hanks as filmmaker Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as author P.L. Travers.
90' Feature Film
Premiered 6 Feb 2014
Cast Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Ruth Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Rachel Griffiths, B.J. Novak
Director John Lee Hancock
Writers Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith
Producers Ian Collie, Alison Owen, Philp Steuer
Executive producers Christine Langan, Andrew Mason, Troy Lum, Paul Trijbits
A Ruby Films, Essential Media and Entertainment production in association with BBC Films and Hopscotch Features for Walt Disney Pictures