Agnieszka Piotrowska (UK) Trapped by My Twin

documentary film, 2008

Trapped by My Twin is a portrait of identical twins Liesbeth and Angelique. Emotionally, they have never quite separated. Now Liesbeth wants to leave but she worries what Angelique will do without her. The film takes an intimate look at the emotional complexity and depression that can arise from such a close, competitive – and loving – sibling relationship. Angelique gave up a career as a fashion designer, working for Jean Paul Gaultier in Paris, to be with her sister. She almost died from anorexia and was sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Both sisters now follow a strict eating and exercise regime to prevent Angelique's return to anorexia. At 35 years old, neither sister has had a relationship with a man. But now Liesbeth meets a man on the internet, who she thinks could be her perfect partner. She wants to start her relationship with him alone, without Angelique but worries that, left alone, Angelique could commit suicide. With matters reaching a head, the sisters travel to London to meet a psychiatrist who specialises in both twin relationships and anorexia. But can she help resolve such established, deep-rooted issues?

Agnieszka Piotrowska (UK)

Agnieszka Piotrowska (1964, Warsaw) is a BBC trained documentary filmmaker with almost 20 years experience in the industry as a writer/producer/director and series producer. Piotrowska went to school in Sopot, Poland and Sweden. She studied at Hull University, and received a MA in Modern European Drama at Reading University with special supervision at Christ Church, Oxford. A freelance filmmaker since 1992, she has been nominated three times for an Emmy, and awarded a number of international prizes as well as RTS and BAFTA. Over the years she has interviewed Roman Polanski, David Puttnam, Micky Rourke, Sting, Oscar de la Renta, Lech Wałęsa, and other celebrities as well as working with convicted criminals or the dispossessed around the world, particularly in Africa. Lives and works in London.