Saving Mr. Banks is a 2013 period drama film directed by John Lee Hancock from a screenplay written
by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Centered on the development of the 1964 film Mary Poppins, Saving
Mr. Banks the film stars Emma Thompson as author P. L. Travers
Mr. Banks and Tom Hanks as film producer Walt Disney, with supporting performances by Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman,
Bradley Whitford, and Colin Farrell.
Deriving its title from the father in Travers’s story, Saving Mr. Banks
Mr. Banks depicts the author’s tragic childhood in rural Queensland in 1906 and the two weeks of
meetings during 1961 in Los Angeles, during which Disney attempts to obtain the screen rights to her novels.
Essential Media Entertainment and BBC Films initially developed Saving Mr.
Banks as an independent production until 2011, when producer Alison Owen
approached Walt Disney Pictures for permission to use copyrighted elements.
The film’s subject matter piqued Disney’s interest, leading the studio to acquire the screenplay and produce the film.
Principal photography commenced the following year in September before wrapping in November 2012; the film was shot almost entirely in the Southern California area, primarily at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, where a majority of the film’s narrative takes place.
Saving Mr. Banks premiered at the London Film Festival on October 20, 2013, and was released theatrically that
same year in the United Kingdom on November 29 and in North America on December 13. It received positive
reviews, with praise for the acting, screenplay, and musical score.
Thompson’s performance garnered BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and
Critics’ Choice Award nominations for Best Actress, while composer Thomas Newman earned an Academy
Award nomination for Best Original Score.
The film was named one of the top ten best films of 2013 by the National Board of Review and the American
Film Institute, and was also commercially successful, grossing $118 million at the worldwide box office.