Film4, C4, Rogan Scotland, Screen Scotland start production on The Secret Of Me
January 15, 2024
Film4, Channel 4, Rogan Scotland and Screen Scotland today announce the start of production for feature documentary The Secret Of Me (w/t). World sales and distribution will be handled by Dogwoof (Blackfish, Free Solo). This film was commissioned by Film4 and Channel 4 Docs.
Directed and produced Grace Hughes-Hallett (producer of Three Identical Strangers) the documentary lifts the lid on a medical scandal that started in America in the 1960s and exploded into the public eye in the 2000s. The consequences for thousands of young children would be devastating. For one young student, it would change her life forever. This eye-opening film raises profound questions about secrecy, consent and identity.
The Secret Of Me (w/t) follows a college student arriving at university, where a chance revelation uncovers an extraordinary secret her doctors and parents have kept from her all her life. She embarks on a journey to find out the truth about what happened to her when she was born. Her search to understand who she is leads her to a radical experiment on a pair of identical twins and a terrible lie.
Director Grace Hughes-Hallett commented: “I’m very excited to help our contributors tell this extraordinary story – and to weave it into a film I hope will leave audiences with their jaws on the floor and a newfound understanding of a subject that deserves all of our attention.”
Ben Coren, Head of Development at Film4 and Sacha Mirzoeff, Senior Commissioner Documentaries at Channel 4, said: “The Secret Of Me (w/t) uncovers a medical scandal that had devastating implications for many people. It’s incredibly important to shine a light on these traumatic events and we’re sure audiences will be gripped by this documentary directed by Grace Hughes-Hallett.”
James Rogan, Creative Director at Rogan Productions and Rogan Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be working with Grace Hughes-Hallett on her first feature documentary as director, and to be partnering with Film4 and Screen Scotland. From the moment Grace first told us the story at Rogan Scotland, we knew it would make an extraordinary cinematic experience. It’s such a shocking and moving tale of a medical scandal and individual identity.”
Mark Thomas at Screen Scotland added: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Film4, Channel 4 and Rogan Scotland on Grace Hughes-Hallett’s new feature documentary. The Secret Of Me (w/t) is a highly compelling and deeply moving story of truth, tragic deception, and identity that we are sure will resonate strongly with audiences. The film demonstrates the scale and creative ambition of premium theatrical feature documentaries that are being made and supported in Scotland.”