Three Identical Strangers

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USA | 2018 | 98 minutes | Tim Wardle

In an unbelievable true story that became a tabloid sensation, three college students in 1980 discovered that they were identical triplets separated at birth, but their joyous media-friendly reunion also unearthed a secret experimental program as nefarious as the plot of a conspiracy thriller.

"Whether it's tears of laughter or tears of joy, director Tim Wardle tells an extremely thought-provoking story about three brothers, Bobby, Eddy and David, who discovered they were identical triplets at 19 years old." Eric Kohn - Indie Wire

It's the first day of the 1980 school year at Sullivan County Community College, and 19-year-old Bobby Shafran is shocked to find he is already the big man on campus. Problem is, this is Bobby's freshman year and everybody is calling him "Eddy." Bobby soon learns the truth: He is the spitting image of somebody named Eddy Galland, and one two-hour drive to Long Island brings him face-to-face with the fraternal twin brother he never knew. After The New York Post jumps on the story, they soon get a call from David Kellman, and it turns out the twins are actually triplets, all born on July 12, 1961, all adopted, and all having no clue of each other's existence. Together again after 19 years, the triplets become international celebrities, hitting the talk show circuit and having everybody marvel at how similar they are, down to their mannerisms, their high school sports careers, and their taste in food, cigarettes, and women. But underneath this stunning reunion lies an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes beyond their own lives, and as they and their adoptive families dig deeper into the truth, they learn that their separation was no coincidence. Equal parts enthralling and upsetting, Three Identical Strangers goes beyond the tabloid fodder and delivers a beautifully sad rumination on nature versus nurture.

Director Biography
London-based documentarian Tim Wardle has previously directed the Channel 4 documentaries Lifers (2012), studying murderers confined to prison for the rest of their lives, and One Killer Punch (2016), exploring the lingering impact of single acts of assault. Wardle is Executive Producer at Raw TV, and has also worked as head of development for companies such as Century Films and BBC Documentaries.

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  • Director: Tim Wardle
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 98 minutes
  • Producer: Becky Read
  • Cinematographers: Tim Cragg
  • Editors: Michael Harte
  • Music: Paul Saunderson
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Sundance Film Festival 2018 (Special Jury Award for Storytelling)
  • Filmography: Lifers: Channel 4 Cutting Edge (2012)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Neon
  • International Sales: Submarine Entertainment