Magazine article The Spectator

CULTURE NOTES Red Carpet Attraction

Magazine article The Spectator

CULTURE NOTES Red Carpet Attraction

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Live broadcasts into cinemas have become something of a commonplace, and a welcome one: operas, theatre performances, even radio programmes. But a live broadcast into cinemas of the audience entering another cinema is a new one on me.

The idea is part of this year's BFI London Film Festival, not as an avant-garde experiment but as a way of adding lustre to the closingnight gala: Saving Mr Banks, a sort of biopic of the film Mary Poppins with Emma Thompson as author P.L . Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney (above). We're promised additional screenings of the film a round the country, preceded by 'live satellite footage from the red carpet' - although at the time of writing the BFI website still advises those interested to 'check back in late September', so it might not be wise to hold your breath. …

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