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Acclaimed theatre director Nicholas Hytner (Carousel, Miss Saigon, The Importance of Being Earnest) is taking the National Theatre hit, The Madness of George III, to the screen for his directorial film debut. Remarkably, word is that the team behind the award-winning production will be kept intact; Alan Bennett is expected to fashion the script and Nigel Hawthorne will reprise his award- winning role of demented monarch. This is perhaps due to Samuel Goldwyn, a Hollywood independent that likes to buck big studio thinking (it distributed Longtime Companion and Much Ado About Nothing). Filming begins in May.

Fans of Alexandre Rockwell's black and white comedy In The Soup will be surprised to see it out on Tartan Video on 9 February . . . in colour, writes Ryan Gilbey. There's an explanation. Rockwell wanted to shoot in monochrome but, deterred by costs, went ahead in colour and issued black and white prints for release. When Tartan learnt of the existence of a colour print, it opted, with Rockwell's consent, for a colour rental release (which has the advantage of increased commercial viability). Tartan does confirm, however, that the film's sell-through release will be in black and white, possibly with the simultaneous issue of the colour version.

Writer and gay activist Larry Kramer on Jonathan Demme's Aids drama: 'Philadelphia is a heartbreakingly mediocre film. It's dishonest, it's often legally, medically and politically inaccurate, and it breaks my heart that I must say it's simply not good enough and I'd rather people not see it at all.'

Competition Winners

The winners of our BFI Diary Quote Competition: M Hensher, Sheffield; M Mohan, Manchester; M Roberts, London; M Carey, Derby; G Fenwick, Northumberland; John Callagher, London; A Roberts, London; A Leigh, Merton Park; J Whibley, Kent; Dave Brownlow, London; N Hodges, Milton Keynes; J Porter, Glasgow; Ronald Sowerby, London; Steve Payne, Cornwall; K Greengrass, Warwickshire.

The answers were: Mae West: 'I always say, keep a diary and one day the diary will keep you.' Oscar Wilde: 'I never travel anywhere without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.'

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