12 February 2014

Saving Mr Banks 1

Mary Poppins is one of the most loved characters ever created, appearing in eight novels written by P.L Travers between 1934 and 1988. The magical nanny blows in on the East wind to care for the children of the Banks family at Number Seventeen Cherry Tree Lane, London.

Walt Disney established his world famous animation studio in 1926 with his brother Roy. He reportedly fell in love with the Mary Poppins books and made a promise to his children that he would bring them to the big screen. He first attempted to buy the rights to the story in 1938 but was immediately refused by Travers who believed that no movie could do her characters justice.

Saving Mr Banks traces the pair's often strained relationship as Disney attempts to persuade Travers to agree to a film adaptation after convincing her to visit America in 1961.

Empire Magazine describe the film as ‘a delicate and brilliantly acted story of overcoming the past to embrace an uncertain future.’ Saving Mr Banks is the story of ‘a courtship of sorts, a platonic special relationship seduction’ between Travers and Disney which shows the dark and often unhappy upbringing which inspired Travers to write the stories.

Featuring a ‘stellar cast, lush production values and great storytelling that is second to none’, Saving Mr Banks opens at Picturehouse at FACT today. Tickets are on sale now from the Box Office, online and by phone on 0871 902 5737.