Almost a year after Alex Gibney first premiered his acclaimed and controversial documentary “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” at Sundance, he has been chosen as the Paul Selvin Award recipient by the Writers Guild of America, West. This marks the first time a documentary film has won the honor.
“Alex Gibney is one of the foremost documentary filmmakers of this generation,” said WGAW President Christopher Keyser. “His work has been a filmic conscience for our times. In “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks”, Mr. Gibney tackles issues arising out of us living, increasingly, in a surveillance state – from the public’s right to know and the press’ right to publish, to the treatment of whistleblowers.”
The Paul Selvin Award (named after the late WGA counsel) is given to a script that “exemplifies the liberties and civil rights that are essential to writers everywhere,” a cause that Selvin fervently promoted throughout his career.