Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


Secretary (2002)

Screening format: Blu-Ray (104 minutes)

Director: Steven Shainberg

Writer: Erin Cressida Wilson (screenplay)

Starring: James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies

"The story of a demanding boss and the woman who loves his demands."

Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a young woman with a history of severe emotional problems, is released into the care of her overbearing parents following a stay at a mental institution. She finds work as a secretary for a rigid and demanding attorney, E. Edward Grey (James Spader), and starts dating the kind but dull Peter (Jeremy Davies). However, Lee soon realizes she's turned on by Grey's stern demeanor, and begins a sadomasochistic relationship with him.

The UCSB Script to Screen series is proud to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Secretary with a screening of the film, followed by a Q&A with screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson.

The UCSB Script to Screen series examines the screenplay and its transition to the screen from the perspective of writers, directors, producers, editors, and actors.

UCSB Script to Screen is sponsored by the department of Film and Media Studies, The Carsey-Wolf Center, and The Scott Frank Fund for Screenwriting. It is hosted and executive-produced by the Pollock Theater Director, Matt Ryan, and produced by the Pollock Theater student staff.

Secretary Movie Trailer

Secretary Interview: James Spader


"I really loved our night with Secretary. Your questions were amazing. I've been through these sorts of things so much, but our dialogue felt completely fresh and went into new territories that especially addressed pedagogical issues in a subtle and informative way. I was very impressed by your series and the venue and the vibe in the department."- Erin Cressida Wilson, Screenwriter


Erin Cressida Wilson, Screenwriter

Erin Cressida Wilson is a playwright, screenwriter, professor, and author. She is known most prominently for her debut film, Secretary (2002), which she adapted from a Mary Gaitskill short story. It won her the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. She also wrote the screenplay for the 2006 film Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, and has authored dozens of plays and short works. Wilson has also taught as an instructor in various university film depratments, including Brown University, Duke University, and University of California Santa Barbara.

Wilson's most current film in progress, mystery thriller drama The Girl on the Train, features various well-known actors such as Emily Blunt, Lisa Kudrow, Laura Prepon, and Luke Evans. The film is set to make its debut in fall of 2016.

Matthew Ryan, Pollock Theater Director

Matthew Ryan started his academic career at NYU to run the Cantor Film Center, where he produced a range of events from a screening and Q&A with Martin Scorsese to a media conference with then President Bill Clinton. In 2008, he received a MFA in screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University.

Now, he is director of the amazing Pollock Theater.  He pioneered the Pollock Theater Internship, which is a selective program offering industry-level experience to students interested in event planning and live TV production. The TV shows produced through this program have generated more than 10.6 million views on UCTV. Many of these episodes come from events in his own series, UCSB Script to Screen, including 12 Years a Slave with Oscar®-winner John Ridley and American Beauty with Oscar®-winning screenwriter Alan Ball.