Attending this event

Simon Chinn

Double Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn has been responsible for some of the most successful documentaries of recent years, known for their high production values and innovative blending of documentary and fiction techniques.

His films include UKJFF hit The Green Prince; Man on Wire, winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary, the BAFTA for Best British Film, Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures by the Producer’s Guild of America, and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize; and Searching for Sugar Man, winner of the BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Documentary, and winner of the Audience Award and Special Jury Prize (both in World Cinema – Documentary) at Sundance.

Films screening at this event

Three Identical Strangers

Tim Wardle
96 min

Raised by their respective adoptive families within a hundred-mile radius of each other, triplet siblings Robert Shafran, Eddy Galland and David Kellman were oblivious to the fact each had two identical brothers until a chance meeting brought them together, aged 19, for the first time since birth. Their astounding story, which became a worldwide sensation in the early 1980s, catapulted them to fame with the trio landing a cameo in Desperately Seeking Susan and becoming a fixture in Studio 54. But even more incredible was the reason, unknown to them at first, that led to their separation in the first place. This astonishing, stranger-than-fiction documentary masterfully tells a story whose sanguine elements could not mitigate the gross injustice at its core.

Winner – Special Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival

“A documentary with a story so outlandish it might well have been rejected by a Hollywood studio had a screenwriter pitched it as the basis of a fictional movie.” Toronto Star

“As spellbinding as a great psychological thriller.” Seattle Times

“Entertaining, thought-provoking and filled with surprises, it scores the equivalent of a cinematic hat trick.” CNN