London (ANI): The British Film Institute's collection just got
richer - Beatles director Richard Lester has donated many rare
photographs and production shots taken during his stint in
Hollywood, to the institute. The treasures include draft scripts
for The Beatles' films 'A Hard Day's Night' and 'Help',
correspondence from Hollywood stars Audrey Hepburn, Raquel Welch
and Charlton Heston.
According to BBC News, the archive also contains a letter from
comedian Spike Milligan, who offers to do laundry in exchange for a
job. Lester was instrumental in adapting radio comedy programme
'The Goon Show' for television, in the 1956 series 'The Idiot
Weekly, Price 2d'.
Lester's success with the Fab Four made him a mainstay of the
Swinging 60s scene. The director later found box office success in
Hollywood, directing Christopher Reeve in 'Superman' and Oliver
Reed in 'The Three Musketeers'.
His donation is his way of returning something to the industry
that gave him so much recognition. "The organisation has always
been very helpful to me," said Lester. "It is a pleasure for me to
be able to offer them the detritus of my working life," he