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Michael Radford's screenplay of Nineteen Eighty-Four (2 replies and 2 comments)

1 week ago
winston-smith 1 week ago

Dear Mr Deakins,

I am writing to you because I study British literature at the Sorbonne and am currently writing a research paper on the dialogics of adaptation, focussing on Nineteen Eighty-Four. I am new to the forum and to cinematography as a whole. Thus, your article on the filming at Alexander Palace was extremeley enlightening. Presently, I am desperately trying to get hold of Michael Radford's screenplay of Nineteen Eighty-Four, as it would be extremeley beneficial for my work. Would you know where I could find it ?

Thank you for your time.


7 days ago
Mike 7 days ago

May I suggest you contact Michael Radfords agent or office.

or failing that try National Archives or the British Library London as they may have a copy. You could try the National museum for television and film Bradford UK, they used to stock copies of scripts etc.

I assume you are looking for a copy of the production script with alterations etc. The last resort is to transcribe the script from a DVD and get that re-typed but I think you are looking for a “dog eared” copy with all the mistakes and doodling etc.

6 days ago

Hello Mike,
Thank you very much for your suggestions. Unfortunately, as I am a French student living in Paris, it is rather complicated for me to go to Britain at the moment... Hence, I would preferably like to have access to a digitalized copy of the screenplay.
You were correct to assume that I am looking for a copy of the production script because I would like to have an idea of Michael Radford's intentions as he actually wrote the screenplay.

2 days ago

You can do all this online but it will take time. Computers are fast but people are slow especially when dealing with government financed institutions. Roger is the best bet, contact him when he has finished shooting.

Roger Deakins
3 days ago
Roger Deakins 3 days ago

Sorry, I have a dog eared original hard copy but I don't have it to hand at present.

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