SAV­ING MR BANKS ( PG)

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES -

Star­ring: Emma Thomp­son, Tom Hanks, Paul Gia­matti, Colin Far­rell

Di­rec­tor: John Lee Han­cock ( The Blind Side)

THIS isn’t re­ally the true story of how a beloved book was made into an even more beloved movie. No, Sav­ing Mr Banks is more the true story of a trou­bled au­thor who re­gret­ted let­ting Hol­ly­wood any­where near her work, then was later healed by the ex­pe­ri­ence.

So what was the tome that caused all the tur­moil? None other than Mary Pop­pins, a

Harry Pot­ter- style sen­sa­tion when penned in the 1930s by Aus­tralian- born, Bri­tish- based au­thor PL Travers.

The movie, of course, was a Walt Dis­ney pro­duc­tion in the mid- 1960s star­ring Julie An­drews and Dick Van Dyke. Like the book, it was de­servedly em­braced as an in­stant clas­sic.

How­ever, be­hind the scenes, the cre­ative birthing process was long, gru­elling and of­ten painful for all con­cerned – es­pe­cially for Pamela Travers ( played by Emma Thomp­son).

The mid­dle act of Sav­ing Mr Banks – in which Travers stands her ground while Walt Dis­ney ( Tom Hanks) and his brains trust tip­toe gin­gerly to­wards their vi­sion for a Pop­pins movie – plays equally strongly as both com­edy and drama.

Now show­ing Vil­lage Cine­mas

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