The director of one of its first year most shocking films talks 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 projects that shape “youre trying to” get out of bed at 3am and extend cinema somewhere .”
That, however, is not the case here when a producer at Raw, the London-based production company where Wardle wreaks, introduced into his attention the history of Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland and David Kellman, a laid of indistinguishable triplets who knew nothing of each other until the latter are reunited by happenstance at age 19. That alone would make for a compelling documentary, but their fib doesn’t resolve 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 tale and, by the end, has you questioning the specific characteristics of live. As far as documentary subjects travel, this one is nonpareil, a fact that was heavy on Wardle’s mind as he set out to tell the brothers’ fib on film.” There’s huge pressure not to fuck up the floor ,” he admits.” I wasn’t to be concerned 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 exclusively to find unfamiliar classmates reacting him as Eddy. While it’s only the first in a series of fortuitous discoveries, most of which are better discovered than read about here, Wardle is smart to tell the first half of the documentary through yarn and recreated stages, a tactic that allows the onlooker to get a sense to seeing how uncanny it must be to move into your dormitory 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 duo of twins in the paper who ogled precisely like her son, down to their shared pudgy hands.