Veteran director Richard Lester - best known for making Beatles films A Hard Day’s Night and Help! - has donated a 60-box collection of his scripts, correspondence and stills to the BFI National Archive.
The collection includes Alun Owen’s early drafts of A Hard Day’s Night, as well as shooting scripts for The Knack…and How to Get It, for which Lester won the Palme D’Or at Cannes in 1965, and The Three Musketeers, starring Oliver Reed and Richard Chamberlain.
It also includes storyboards for Superman II and letters from actors such as Audrey Hepburn, Charlton Heston and Raquel Welch.
The catalogued collection will be made available in the BFI National Library, as well as being put online.
US-born Richard Lester, who relocated to the UK in the 1950s, said, “I have had a long association with the BFI going back over 40 years. The organisation has always been very helpful to me in different ways. It is a pleasure for me to be able to offer them the detritus of my working life.”