Arbor

Arbor

Director: Clio Barnard

Cast: Clio Barnard, Manjinder Virk, Christine Bottomley, Monica Dolan

     
 

Andrea Dunbar was a British playwright whose work reflected the gritty realities of life in working-class Bradford, West Yorkshire. Dunbar knew of what she wrote -- she grew up in a Bradford housing project, had children by three different men, was a victim of domestic violence, and struggled with alcoholism before she died in 1990 when she was only 29. Andrea's… See more details below

Overview

Andrea Dunbar was a British playwright whose work reflected the gritty realities of life in working-class Bradford, West Yorkshire. Dunbar knew of what she wrote -- she grew up in a Bradford housing project, had children by three different men, was a victim of domestic violence, and struggled with alcoholism before she died in 1990 when she was only 29. Andrea's daughter Lorraine Dunbar inherited her gift with language, but also her weaknesses; she also dealt with unhappy relationships with men, worked as a prostitute, became addicted to hard drugs, and served time for manslaughter when her two-year-old son died after drinking her methadone. Filmmaker Clio Barnard set out to tell the story of Andrea Dunbar's brief, troubled life and the neighborhood where she lived and wrote, and The Arbor is a unique mixture of documentary and narrative filmmaking. In addition to interviews with members of Andrea Dunbar's family and residents of Bradford's Buttershaw estates, where Dunbar's plays took place (which are lip-synched by actors to create a distancing effect), the film includes passages from Dunbar's first play, also called The Arbor, played out against the real-life locations where the story is set. The Arbor received its world premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2011
UPC:
0712267301928
Original Release:
2009
Source:
Strand Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
59,532

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer ; Other Strand Releasing trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Manjinder Virk Lorraine
Christine Bottomley Lisa
Monica Dolan Participant
Neil Dudgeon Steve
Danny Webb Participant
Jimi Mistry Participant
Robert Emms David Dunbar
Natalie Gavin Andrea Dunbar
Kathryn Pogson Participant
George Costigan Participant

Technical Credits
Clio Barnard Director,Screenwriter
Tim Barker Sound/Sound Designer
Scott Bassett Production Manager
Ole Bratt Birkeland Cinematographer,Costumes/Costume Designer
Lucy Bright Production Designer
Matt Button Production Designer
Holly Escott Score Composer
Nick Fenton Cinematographer,Editor
Daniel Goddard Editor
Harry Escott Score Composer
Amy Hubbard Casting
Molly Nyman Score Composer
Michael Morris Executive Producer
Tracy O'Riordan Producer
Matthew Price Costumes/Costume Designer
Sue Wyburgh Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Arbor
1. Opening [10:02]
2. "The Arbor" [13:35]
3. The Way They See It [10:26]
4. Ducking Down in Grass [10:26]
5. Great Wit and Perception [13:21]
6. 20 Years on [4:54]
7. "Lovely Kitten" [6:32]
8. Spoons and Needles [7:23]
9. On a Methadone Script [7:38]
10. Parent by Omission [3:45]
11. Out of Prison [2:44]
12. Credits [3:38]

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