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The Arbor

Not Yet Rated| 1 hr. 34 min.

Plot Summary
A mix of documentary and fictional elements tells the story of doomed playwright Andrea Dunbar, who wrote about the difficult life she endured growing up in England's Bradford housing projects. Archival footage featuring Dunbar is presented, along with interviews with family members, including her daughter, Lorraine, who led a similarly troubled life. Excerpts from Dunbar's most famous play, "The Arbor," are performed on the streets of her hometown and at Buttershaw Estates, where she lived.

Cast: Manjinder Virk , Christine Bottomley , Neil Dudgeon , Natalie Gavin , Robert Emms , Parvani Lingiah , Danny Webb , Liam Price

Director: Clio Barnard

Genres: Docudrama

Distributor: Strand Releasing

The Arbor (2010)

Release Date: April 27th, 2011|1 hr. 34 min.

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  • An innovative hybrid of documentary, staged reading, fictional feature, and confessional, The Arbor defies categorization not merely for art's sake - although its artistry is without question - but because conventional forms seem inadequate for such a harrowing story. show more

  • Moving, bold, unconventional and impeccably staged, The Arbor is a worthy tribute to a powerfully artistic voice. show more

  • The Arbor's pummeling second half begins with the collapse of its celebrity subject; the following spirals of self-destruction make you suspect that some childhoods are simply too hard to escape. Tough, worthy stuff. show more

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