The Silent Twins + Black-Welsh Films: The Whole Story

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The Silent Twins brings the phenomenal story of the June and Jennifer Gibbons to cinemas across Wales and the UK on December 9th 2022.

Hailed at the Cannes Films Festival, the film tells the story of the sisters from Barbados, raised in Haverfordwest with a deep passion for literature and creative writing.

June was interviewed by The New Yorker in 2000 stating that, as the only Black family, they faced horrific abuse and consequently the sisters became each other’s greatest support system. They were inseparable, speaking a special language to each other that only they understood while becoming selectively mute to everyone around them. Later on in life, sectioned by a deeply unjust and racist mental health system, they continued to keep diaries, wrote stories, poems and novels and eventually pooled together to get one of their novels published.

This incredible true story brings their friendship, creative aspirations and traumatic experiences of navigating a white world, to life on the big screen.

In celebration of their writing and creativity, we’ve put together a list of films by and featuring Black-Welsh talent to highlight the importance of championing Black creatives from development to production and of course exhibition!

To book The Silent Twins for your venue please contact:

Universal Pictures also have a number of exciting assets to support your screening including posters, quads, stills, trailers and more.

We’ve also collated video interviews from Director Agnieszka Smoczynska and actresses Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance for you to share with your audiences and get to know the creative processes behind the film.

Interviews with Agnieszka Smoczynska

Behind The Lens Online

In-Depth Scoop


Interviews with Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance

Black Girl Nerds

Black Film and TV

Cup of Soul Show

More screenings to be announced. Dates and times subject to change, please check the cinema’s website for more details.

Also showing at Cineworld, Odeon and Vue.

What Exhibitors in Wales Had To Say

This is is an incredible love story of the hardships faced by two little Black girls, June and Jennifer Gibbons, growing up in an all-white world, isolating themselves as an act of resistance and survival. The film reminds us that Britain is a complex and hostile place for Windrush children misunderstood and mishandled by the system. Ironically, the film gives June and Jennifer the creative voice and the fame they so desperately craved as children, they deserve every moment of it .

Yvonne Connikie, Programmer and Founder of Cinema Golau

'It's first and foremost a Welsh story that many people can relate to.....the challenges of moving and settling in new areas. It's poignant looking at the times this happened, what was going on politically and within communities across Wales. The challenges of ethnically diverse communities settling in rural and majority 'White' spaces. This is a story of today.

Fadhili Maghiya, Founder of Watch Africa Film Festival

I was unaware of the story of the Gibbons sisters before settling down to watch the film and I found myself drawn into and fascinated by this remarkable story. For those of us who grew up as teenagers in the 70’s this film is loaded with nostalgic references but what really comes across is the injustice served to these two young women and their family. Abandoned by the local social care and school systems, it is hard to comprehend the action taken by the authorities for the welfare of June and Jennifer Gibbons. Director Agnieszka Smoczyńska transports us to Haverfordwest in the 1970’s and absorbs us in this convincing and disturbing drama.

David Price - Programmer at Abergavenny Film Society