Magazine article Screen International

London Banks on Hanks

Magazine article Screen International

London Banks on Hanks

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European premiere of Disney's Saving Mr Banks, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, to close the London Film Festival on October 20.

The London Film Festival (Oct 9-20) is to close with the European premiere of Disney's Saving Mr Banks, the story of how Mary Poppins was brought to the big screen.

John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) directs Emma Thompson as the author of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers, and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney.

The decision means Hanks films will bookend the festival, which opens on October 9 with Paul Greengrass thriller Captain Phillips.

Saving Mr Banks' supporting cast includes Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti and Ruth Wilson.

Hancock, Thompson and Hanks are all expected to attend the closing night gala.

Alison Owen produces for Ruby Films with Ian Collie, Philip Steuer and BBC Films. …

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