A talented editor from Donegal is behind a mind-boggling documentary which is blazing a trail in the awards circuit this season.
Michael Harte from Letterkenny, now living in London, played a key role in the creation of Three Identical Strangers – a story that has both stunned and impressed critics.
The documentary was yesterday announced as a nominee for Best Documentary in the BAFTAs. It has already been shortlisted for the 91st Oscars and has made waves in film festivals internationally, winning a Special Jury Award for Storytelling at Sundance.
Three Identical Strangers, by London-based filmmaker Tim Wardle, follows the fascinating and heartbreaking story of three identical triplets in New York, who were separated at birth and find each other at the age of 19.
The pace, structure and narrative twists of the documentary have earned much praise. It begins with a happy ending but turns into a dark and complicated thriller in which a secret is unravelled.
Despite Three Identical Strangers being Harte’s first feature, his work has earned him an American Cinema Editors Eddie Award nomination for Best Edited Documentary and a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for Best Editing.
The multi-skilled editor is behind a multitude of other well-known documentaries on UK and Irish television, including One Killer Punch, Educating Cardiff, No Place to Call Home and more.
It looks as though Harte will have a busy few months ahead as awards season picks up. The winners of the BAFTA awards will be revealed on 10th February, while the 2019 Oscar nominations will be announced on 22nd January.
Three Identical Strangers was released in Ireland in November 2018.