Tom Hanks to Feature Twice at London Film Festival
This year’s London Film Festival both opens and closes with Tom Hanks films and has 232 other films to fill the gap. The festival opens with “Captain Phillips” where Hanks plays a cargo ship captain held captive by Somali Pirates.The festival closes with “Saving Mr. Banks” where Hanks plays Walt Disney as he spars with writer P. L. Travers over the film adaptation of “Marry Poppins”.
The festival’s artistic director, Clare Stewart, said that the presence of two Hanks films was “a happy accident.”
The 57th London Film Festival includes 234 films and 134 shorts as well as a line-up of stars including Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes and Daniel Radcliffe. The festival was founded in 1957 in order to bring the best of world cinema to a British audience, in more recent years it has strove to become a bigger presence on the international calendar with bigger films and more stars attending.
Films to be shown include Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity”, Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llweyn Davis” and Steve McQueen’s historical drama “12 Years A Slave.”
Stewart said that she hopes the festival will draw attention to “films that might be quite surprising and are not on people’s radar already.”