The director of one of its first year most appalling films was talking about his extraordinary topics, the film-making process, and the age-old question: nature or nurture?
” Ideas are my bread and butter ,” says film-maker Tim Wardle.” But it’s hard to find plans that do you want to get out of berthed at 3am and run movie somewhere .”
That, however, was not the case when individual producers at Raw, the London-based production company where Wardle works, brought to his attention the story of Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland and David Kellman, a mount of identical triplets who knew nothing of each other until they were reunited by happenstance at age 19. That alone would make for a compelling documentary, but their narrative doesn’t expiration there.
Bobby, Eddy and David are the subjects of Wardle’s 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 subjects depart, this one is nonpareil, a fact that was heavy on Wardle’s subconsciou as he set out to tell the brothers’ storey on cinema.” There’s huge influence not to fuck up the fib ,” he declares.” I wasn’t worried about him fund 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 simply to find unfamiliar classmates greeting him as Eddy. While it’s only the first in a series of fortuitous discoveries, most of which are better hear than read about here, Wardle is smart to tell the first half of the documentary through narration and recreated incidents, 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 mother noticed a pair of twinneds in the paper who appeared precisely like her son, down to their shared pudgy hands.