The director of one of the years most astonishing documentaries talks about his extraordinary subjects, the film-making process, and the age-old question: sort or encourage?
” Ideas are my bread and butter ,” says film-maker Tim Wardle.” But it’s hard to find projects that form you want to get out of bunked at 3am and proceed film somewhere .”
That, nonetheless, is not the situation when agricultural producers at Raw, the London-based product fellowship where Wardle labours, brought to his attention the histories of Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland and David Kellman, a make of identical triplets who knew nothing of one another until they were reunited by happenstance at age 19. That alone would make for a compelling documentary, but their tale doesn’t discontinue there.
Bobby, Eddy and David are the subjects of Wardle’s new cinema Three Identical Strangers, an exceptional film that starts as a feelgood human interest narrative and, by the end, has you questioning the specific characteristics of world. As far as documentary subjects proceed, 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 tale ,” he acknowledges.” I wasn’t worried about fund or anything like that. I was just like,’ I can’t blow this .'”
Three Identical Strangers starts in 1980, as a 19 -year-old Bobby Shafran attends his first day of university exclusively to find unfamiliar classmates accosting him as Eddy. While it’s only the first in a series of fortuitous revealings, the majority of members of which are better ensure than read about here, Wardle is smart to tell the first half of the documentary through recital and recreated scenes, a tactic that allows the see to get a sense of how eerie it must be to move into your dorm room and find you’re already an on-campus fame. Eventually, Bobby and Eddy meet and are contacted by David, whose adoptive mom find a duet of twinneds in the newspaper who seemed exactly like her son, down to their shared pudgy hands.