The director of one of the years most stunning documentaries was talking about his extraordinary themes, the film-making process, and the age-old question: nature or nourish?
” Ideas are my bread and butter ,” says film-maker Tim Wardle.” But it’s hard to find impressions that manufacture you want to get out of berthed at 3am and depart cinema somewhere .”
That, however, is not so when a producer at Raw, the London-based production company where Wardle wreaks, brought to his attention the story of Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland and David Kellman, a list of identical triplets who knew nothing of each other until they only reunited by happenstance at age 19. That alone would make for a compelling film, but their narration doesn’t intent there.
Bobby, Eddy and David are the subjects of Wardle’s brand-new cinema Three Identical Strangers, an extraordinary documentary that starts as a feelgood human interest story and, by the end, has you questioning the nature of macrocosm. As far as documentary themes lead, this one is nonpareil, a fact that was heavy on Wardle’s intellect as he set out to tell the brothers’ narrative on film.” There’s huge influence not to fuck up the story ,” he declares.” I wasn’t worried about coin or anything like that. I was just like,’ I can’t blow this .'”
Three Identical Strangers beginning in 1980, as a 19 -year-old Bobby Shafran attends his first day of university only to find unfamiliar classmates reacting him as Eddy. While it’s only the first in a series of fortuitous shows, most of which are better construe than read about here, Wardle is smart to tell the first half of the documentary through recital and recreated stages, a tactic that allows the viewer to get a sense of how uncanny it must be to move into your dorm room and find you’re already an on-campus celebrity. Eventually, Bobby and Eddy meet and are contacted by David, whose adoptive baby noticed a duo of twinneds in the newspaper who appeared exactly like her son, down to their shared pudgy hands.