Coming Next

Saturday 26 April at 8:00 pm in the Templar Arts & Leisure Centre
(doors open 7:30pm for complimentary refreshments )

Saving Mr Banks  (2013)

The backstory to the creation of the Disney classic “Mary Poppins”.


Cert: PG, 127 mins.


The 1964 hit musical Mary Poppins was the last major project of Walt Disney’s illustrious film-making career before he died in 1966. Saving Mr Banks explains why it was also the most headache-inducing, and indeed why he was lucky to live to see it.
Disney’s daughters were smitten by the original Mary Poppins book, and he promised them he would bring the story to the big screen. However, he hadn’t reckoned on the fierce resistance of the magical nanny’s creator, P. L. Travers (Emma Thompson).
She felt appalled at the idea of Disney sentimentalising — or worse, animating — her tales of Edwardian London, and resisted his overtures for years, until finally, grudgingly, and purely because she needed the money, she consented.


…from the Guardian

Emma Thompson is superb as Mary Poppins author PL Travers as she tries to resist Walt Disney’s transformation of her famous creation. 
…read the full review.

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