The American Film Institute’s annual celebration of artistic excellence held their Opening Night Gala at the TCL Chinese Theatre, in Hollywood California on November 7, 2013. Each year the AFI FEST, which is free to the public, hosts new movies from recognized film icons as well as new films from around the world by amateur talent. AFI Fest which also hosts Red Carpet Premieres, began their week long festival by honoring Emma Thompson (starring as Author, P.L Travers) with her handprint – footprint ceremony followed by the screening of SAVING MR BANKS.
Inspired by true events, SAVING MR. BANKS shares the untold story of how Walt Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the big screen. The movie provides the audience an insight into the relationship between Walt Disney (played by double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks) and Mary Poppins author, P.L. Travers, (starring Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson). For a two week period, during P.L. Travers visit to Los Angeles, Walt Disney, with the help of the Sherman Brothers (Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak) and screenwriter, Don DaGradi (Bradley Whitford) creates the necessary magic to convince P.L. Travers to sign over the rights to her book.
Produced by John Lee Hancock, Alison Owen, Ian Collie and Philip Steuer, with the screenplay written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Also starring Paul Giamatti, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker and Colin Farrell, SAVING MR BANKS will be in theatres, December 20, 2013.
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