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Focus Features has picked up Silent Twins, starring Black Panther breakout Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance.
The feature is the English language debut of Agnieszka Smoczynska and is based on the lives of June and Jennifer Gibbons, real-life identical twins who grew up in Wales, part of the only Black family in a small town. The two became known as “the silent twins” because of their refusal to communicate with anyone other than each other. They developed their own language and became catatonic when separated.
The story takes place after a spree of vandalism inspired by an American boy they both idolize, when the girls, now teenagers, are sentenced to Broadmoor, an infamous psychiatric hospital, where they face the choice to separate and survive or die together.
Andrea Seigel penned the screenplay based on the book The Silent Twins by Marjorie Wallace
The movie, which wrapped in Poland, is produced by Madant’s Klaudia Smieja-Rostworowska, Extreme Emotions’ Ewa Puszczyńska, 42’s Ben Pugh, Joshua Horsfield, Kindred Spirit’s Anita Gou, Alicia van Couvering, and Wright.
Executive producers include Lawrance, 30WEST’s Katie Anderson, Jake Carter, Trevor Groth, Andrea Seigel, Charlie Morrison, and Wallace; 30WEST arranged the financing and represented the U.S. rights.
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