Silence was their bond. Imagination set them free. Universal Pictures have released the UK Trailer for Agnieszka Smoczyńska‘s The Silent Twins.
The film marks Polish filmmaker Smoczynska‘s English language debut. Cinephiles may know some of her previous films especially fantasy The Lure. Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance star as the Gibbons sisters. The only West Indian kids in the Welsh town they lived in.
This looks an odd film, however the themes of the film are important. Sisterhood, institutional racism, discrimination, and failure of mental health system.
Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance star in the spellbinding film with powerful performances telling the incredible story of June and Jennifer Gibbons – twins who suffered much bullying for looking and acting differently to those around them, being the only West Indian kids in Haverfordwest – a town in Pembrokeshire, Wales. At home, the pair had always been somewhat withdrawn from their siblings and parents, but increasingly these behaviors became more extreme and isolating.
Wright also produces the film and Lawrance executive produces. Commenting on the true story, Letitia remarks: “We’re looking at the lives of two beautiful, young Black women, two young girls who were just trying to understand themselves within a society that was quite difficult to grow up in. Beautiful creatives. Today, they would be geniuses in this era.”
THE SILENT TWINS is adapted from the book of the same name, written by journalist Marjorie Wallace, who met the twins when they were at Broadmoor Hospital. They entrusted her with their diaries and Marjorie quickly realised the girls were incredibly talented, but alienated, and not psychopathic as they had been diagnosed.
The picture marks the on-screen debut of Leah Mondesir-Simmonds and Eva-Arianna Baxter, who play the young June and Jennifer Gibbons.
The film also stars Jodhi May, Michael Smiley, Nadine Marshall, Treva Etienne, and Declan Joyce. The Silent Twins will be released in UK and Irish cinemas from 9th December.