The director of one of the years most surprising documentaries talks about his extraordinary themes, the film-making process, and the age-old question: quality or nurture?
” Ideas are my bread and butter ,” says film-maker Tim Wardle.” But it’s hard to find notions that make you want to get out of bottom at 3am and proceed movie somewhere .”
That, nonetheless, is not the case here when individual producers at Raw, the London-based creation companionship where Wardle drives, brought to his attention the story of Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland and David Kellman, a make of same triplets who knew nothing of each other until the latter are reunited by happenstance at age 19. That alone would make for a compelling film, but their floor doesn’t extremity there.
Bobby, Eddy and David are the subjects of Wardle’s brand-new film Three Identical Strangers, an extraordinary film that starts as a feelgood human interest legend and, by the end, has you questioning the specific characteristics of macrocosm. As far as documentary topics move, this one is nonpareil, a fact that was heavy on Wardle’s mind as he set out to tell the brothers’ story on film.” There’s huge pressure not to fuck up the narrative ,” he admits.” I wasn’t worried about fund or anything like that. I was just like,’ I can’t blow this .'”
Three Identical Strangers begins in 1980, as a 19 -year-old Bobby Shafran accompanies his first day of university simply to find unfamiliar classmates reacting him as Eddy. While it’s only the first in a series of fortuitous shows, the majority of members of which are better assured than read about here, Wardle is smart to tell the first half of the documentary through narration and recreated scenes, a tactic that allows the viewer to get a sense of how eerie 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 father find a duet of twins in the newspaper who searched exactly like her son, down to their shared pudgy hands.