LOS ANGELES, OCT. 21 – The Writers Guild Foundation will bring Billy Wilder’s own copy of DOUBLE INDEMNITY, the script he co-wrote with Raymond Chandler, to its “Scribble To Screen” event at the Austin Film Festival Saturday, Oct. 25. It will be the first time the manuscript leaves the organization’s Los Angeles library.
Wilder’s widow, Audrey Wilder, donated the script to the Foundation as part of her late husband’s entire personal script collection in 2002. The collection includes Wilder’s well-known classics like SOME LIKE IT HOT and THE APARTMENT as well as earlier works like NINOTCHKA.
Charged with preserving and promoting the craft of film television, videogame and new media writing, the Writers Guild Foundation operates the only library in the world dedicated solely to collecting film scripts and teleplays, both classic and modern. They also maintain an archive of screenwriting for the Writers Guild of America. Most recently, the Foundation digitized Wilder’s entire collection, preserving the scripts for perusal on tablet computers to minimize wear and tear on the originals.
The DOUBLE INDEMNITY manuscript will be included in the “Scribble to Screen” exhibit on Saturday, October 25 at the Austin Film Festival. The exhibit – which includes a series of interviews with current film and television writers – is a broad selection of items from the WGF’s library and archive, including early drafts and handwritten notes from shows like MAD MEN and GREY’S ANATOMY; Lawrence Kasdan’s handwritten first draft of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, story conference notes from ALL IN THE FAMILY; and more.
“We feel privileged to have Billy Wilder’s own desk collection on our shelves, but more importantly, we take our stewardship of it very seriously,” said WGF Executive Director Katie Buckland. “Part of that stewardship means granting access to writers, scholars and film enthusiasts outside of Los Angeles, and we’re happy to be working together with the Austin Film Festival to make that happen.”