The director of one of its first year most scandalous documentaries talks about his extraordinary subjects, the film-making process, and the age-old question: quality or nourish?
” Ideas are my bread and butter ,” says film-maker Tim Wardle.” But it’s hard to find minds that reach “youre supposed to” get out of bunked at 3am and proceed cinema somewhere .”
That, however, is not the situation when agricultural producers at Raw, the London-based make fellowship where Wardle makes, brought to his attention the histories of Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland and David Kellman, a establish of indistinguishable triplets who knew nothing of one another until the issue is reunited by happenstance at age 19. That alone would make for a compelling documentary, but their narrative doesn’t culminate there.
Bobby, Eddy and David are the subjects of Wardle’s new film Three Identical Strangers, an extraordinary documentary that starts as a feelgood human interest tale and, by the end, has you questioning the nature of life. As far as documentary themes depart, this one is nonpareil, a fact that was heavy on Wardle’s mind as he set out to tell the brothers’ legend on cinema.” There’s huge pressure not to fuck up the narration ,” he declares.” I wasn’t 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 attends his first day of university exclusively to find unfamiliar classmates responding him as Eddy. While it’s only the first in a series of fortuitous revealings, the majority of members of which are better understood 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 spectator to get a sense of how uncanny 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 father observed a duo of twinneds in the newspaper who seemed exactly like her son, down to their shared pudgy hands.