Saving Mr Banks: Coffee Morning

Friday 20 June

11.30am, Auditorium
Refreshments available from 10am in MUSA (please note film will start at 11.30am)

Dir. John Lee Hancock (2013) 122 mins, Cert. PG

The charming real life tale of author P.L. Travers as she reflects on her childhood, and reluctant meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen. Funny, engaging and likeable.

Watch the trailer here

£7.50 (includes hot drink and a cake before the film), booking essential

To book please call Front of House 01206 577 067

Saving Mr Banks - John Lee Hancock

I wasn't expecting to like a historical film about when P.L Travers met Walt Disney, I was expecting a lovely old Disneyfied sweet film that is great for your old relatives. But no, I was pleasantly surprised when watching Saving Mr Banks as it contains an intelligent, thought provoking, gripping story of the author of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers, played by Emma Thompson and her nemesis Walt Disney, played by Tom Hanks, as they try to work together to create the film we all know today; Mary Poppins.

Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), Saving Mr Banks is very much a journey with the characters as we learn to love characters that we originally disliked. P.L. Travers appears as a grumpy, uptight, bossy woman where her word is final. However, as we learn about her past and the reason behind the creation of Mary Poppins we sympathise and understand why she has to have ultimate control. By the end, however, we see that she has changed, coming to terms with her past and accepting Disney's version of her book that meant so much to her.

Since watching this film three times it has become one of my very favourites. It's powerful story, clever cinematography and production design, amazing acting, directing and script writing (so... basically everything) leaves us feeling enlightened. The mechanics of the film engages us in the story and not worrying about inaccuracy; we become completely immersed.

I would highly recommend this to anyone (especially those of a cynical disposition) as Emma Thompson's portrayal of P.L. Travers as a uncompromising and embittered English woman is fantastic.

Mary Dodds,

Firstsite Young Film Programmer

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