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Sunday, 13 October, 2002, 14:28 GMT 15:28 UK
Legal threat to Williams thriller
One Hour Photo
One Hour Photo has been a hit with critics
A British screenwriter is threatening legal action against the makers of the thriller One Hour Photo, saying it resembles a short film he scripted five years ago.

John Wrathall told The Independent the film, starring Robin Williams, was very similar to Magic Moments, an eight-minute short released in 1997.

In One Hour Photo, Williams stars as a lonely photo lab developer who becomes obsessed with one of his clients, and whose behaviour spins dangerously out of control when he finds out her husband is having an affair.

Wrathall's film focuses on a female lab technician, who becomes infatuated with a customer, played by actor Dougray Scott, and seeks revenge when he spurns her advances.

"The similarities between the two films are uncanny," said Mr Wrathall, who pointed out the they also share the same distinctive visual style.

Photography

Magic Moments was made in 1997 and was screened at film festivals worldwide. It was directed by Saul Metzstein who went on to make 2001's comedy drama Late Night Shopping.

It also received a cinema release in the UK alongside the Belgian film Ma Vie En Rose.
Dougray Scott
Dougray Scott stars in Magic Moments

Mr Wrathall said: "One Hour Photo is, however, a very good film and if there's any 'foul play' involved, it's flattering that it should be by someone with good taste."

The film was written and directed by Mark Romanek, a veteran of music videos for such artists as Beck, Madonna and Nine Inch Nails.

Romanek said he came up with the idea for the film while shopping for books on photography two years ago.

One Hour Photo has been a hit with critics in both the UK and US, with Williams being tipped for an Oscar nomination for his performance.

A spokeswoman for the film's distribution company Fox Searchlight said they had no comment to make.

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