Beatles director donates rare archives

Updated: Aug 23, 2010, 14:12 PM IST

London: 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 added.