Portrayal of the late Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar. Andrea Dunbar wrote honestly and unflinchingly about her upbringing on the notorious Buttershaw Estate in Bradford and was described as ‘a genius straight from the slums.’ When she died tragically at the age of 29 in 1990, Lorraine was just ten years old. The Arbor revisits the Buttershaw Estate where Dunbar grew up, thirty years on from her original play, telling the powerful true story of the playwright and her daughter Lorraine. Also aged 29, Lorraine had become ostracised from her mother’s family and was in prison undergoing rehab. Re-introduced to her mother’s plays and letters, the film follows Lorraine’s personal journey as she reflects on her own life and begins to understand the struggles her mother faced.

Articles on The Arbor
Nick James, Clio, Andrea and Lorraine too, in: Sight & Sound, nr. 11 (November), 2010 pp. 25-26
Reviews
ALS, The Arbor, in: Empire, nr. 257 (November), 2010 pp. 56
Michael Brooke, The Arbor, in: Sight & Sound, nr. 11 (November), 2010 pp. 51-52
Phil de Semlyen, The Arbor, in: Empire, nr. 262 (April), 2011 pp. 141 (DVD review)
Nicolas Rapold, The Arbor, in: Filmcomment, nr. 2 (March/April), 2011 pp. 68-69
Author:ALS
Title:The Arbor
in:
Magazine:Empire
Nr.:257
Year:2010
Pp:56
Illustrations:  yes
Review of:   The Arbor (2010)
Author:Nick James
Title:Clio, Andrea and Lorraine too
in:
Magazine:Sight & Sound
Nr.:11
Year:2010
Pp:25-26
Illustrations:  yes
Related film: The Arbor (2010)
Interview with: Clio Barnard
Author:Michael Brooke
Title:The Arbor
in:
Magazine:Sight & Sound
Nr.:11
Year:2010
Pp:51-52
Illustrations:  yes
Review of:   The Arbor (2010)
Author:Phil de Semlyen
Title:The Arbor
in:
Magazine:Empire
Nr.:262
Year:2011
Pp:141
Illustrations:  yes
DVD review of:   The Arbor (2010)
Author:Nicolas Rapold
Title:The Arbor
in:
Magazine:Filmcomment
Nr.:2
Year:2011
Pp:68-69
Illustrations:  yes
Review of:   The Arbor (2010)



The Arbor
United Kingdom 2010

Directed by
Clio Barnard

Cast

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Year:2010
Running time:94 minutes
Country:United Kingdom
Language:English

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