Rent The Arbor (2010)

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1h 34min
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Synopsis:
A fascinating fusion of narrative and documentary from Clio Barnard, The Arbor tells the powerful true story of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar (The Arbor, Rita, Sue and Bob Too) and her daughter Lorraine. Dunbar wrote honestly and unflinchingly about her upbringing on the Buttershaw Estate, in Bradford. When she died, tragically at the age of 29 in 1990, Lorraine was just ten years old. The Arbor catches up with Lorraine in the present day, also at 29: ostracised from Buttershaw and her family. Through compelling interviews we learn that Lorraine sees her mother as a destructive force, whom Lorraine blames for all that is wrong in her life.
Through interviews with other members of the Dunbar family, we see a contrasting view of Andrea, in particular from Lorraine's younger sister Lisa. Using actors to seamlessly lip-sync the words of real-life subjects, the film presents a contrasting and not always flattering view of Dunbar. The Arbor is a compelling and essential work, offering evidence that Barnard is clearly an important new voice in British Cinema.
Actors:
, , , Parvani Lingiah, , , Liam Price, , , , Jamie Timlin, , , , , Richard Dunbar, Scott Brandon, Anne-Marie Barwell, Shelly Norman,
Directors:
Voiced By:
Andrew Dunbar, David Dunbar, Lorraine Dunbar, Pamela Dunbar, Ann Hamilton, Steve Saul, Max Stafford-Clark, Lisa Thompson, Jimmy the Wig
Others:
Tracy O'Riordan
Studio:
Verve Pictures
Genres:
British Films, Documentary
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/03/2011
Run Time:
94 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Short film: "Road race"
  • Audio description
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/03/2011
Run Time:
94 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Short film: "Road race"
  • Audio description

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