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Tue, 2 Feb 1999 00:20:37 +1100
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The Full Monty is available from Cinestore in Sydney:

It is not published under an imprint as such.

Cinestore's scripts are generally (AUST) $25, and most commonly come in
unbound, photocopied form, packaged in plastic.

In the majority of cases, they contain the original title page so it is
possible to determine which draft of the script you have in your hands.

Not all Cinestore's screenplays are final drafts, and indeed, it is
sometimes very difficult to determine how many drafts a screenplay might
have gone through to the point of production. Thus, scripts available
through the net are even more unreliable in terms of their usefulness for
serious research purposes.

So called "published" scripts are similarly unreliable and are sometimes
"fine-tuned" after the film has been made before they go to press.
Morevoer, the formatting is invariably changed to make the screenplays more

Rare exceptions to this have been the two volumes of Preston Sturges
screenplays (UC), and "Sex Lies and Videotape" - sorry, I don't have the
details on me - but Steven Soderbergh was generous enough to allow plates
to be taken from  his final shooting draft - typos and all.

The bottom line is that nobody can really be sure that any draft they have
in their hand is the actual shooting script unless they can verify it
against the "marked up" script, i.e., the script which is "marked up" (with
shots), by the continuity person on set at the time the film is being shot.
In Australia at least,marked up scripts are generally kept and archived
with the editor's materials - trims etc. In my view the marked up script is
very much neglected primary source, given that it indicates what the
director has actually shot, including amendments "on the day", as opposed
to what the editor finally selects.

Harry Kirchner
La Trobe University
Melbourne, Australia
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