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CNN sets January premiere date for “Three Identical Strangers”

Award-winning filmmaker Tim Wardle‘s feature-length documentary Three Identical Strangers will receive its television debut when it airs later this month across CNN. Directed by Wardle and produced by Becky Read, Three Identical Strangers ...
January 14, 2019

Award-winning filmmaker Tim Wardle‘s feature-length documentary Three Identical Strangers will receive its television debut when it airs later this month across CNN.

Directed by Wardle and produced by Becky Read, Three Identical Strangers tells the story of David Kellman, Robert Shafran and Edward Galland, identical triplets who were separated at birth. In 1980, the three strangers realized they were related and tried to uncover the truth about their past.

The documentary features interviews with the triplets and their families, archival footage, and uses reenactments to bring key events to life. As Wardle and Read unravel the triplets’ family histories, they reveal the men were part of a twin study, a psychological research project aimed at figuring out whether it’s nature or nurture that shapes human behavior.

Three Identical Strangers took five years of dogged investigative journalism, trust-building, and collaborative filmmaking to bring to the screen,” said Wardle in a statement. “I’m thrilled the film is receiving its television premiere on CNN, the primary funder of the documentary.”

The documentary was executive produced by RAW, Channel Four, and CNN Films. For CNN Films, the film was executive produced by Amy Entelis and Courtney Sexton.

Three Identical Strangers world premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival where it took home a special jury award for storytelling. The film was distributed theatrically by Neon.

CNN will premiere Three Identical Strangers on on Jan. 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The film will also stream live for subscribers via CNNgo and via CNNgo apps, and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android.

As a preview to the broadcast premiere, CNN Films has launched a companion podcast series Three Identical Strangers: The Science Behind the Story with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent and a practicing neurosurgeon, will look at the debate among some psychologists on whether people are shaped mainly by genetic or environmental factors.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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