The Arbor

The Arbor

  • Winner: Best New Documentary Filmmaker - Tribeca Film Festival

  • Winner: Sutherland Trophy - 54th BFI London Film Festival 2010

  • Winner: Best Newcomer - London Film Festival Awards

  • Winner: Best Screenplay - Evening Standard Awards

  • Winner: Innovation Award - Sheffield Documentary Film Festival

  • Winner: Guardian first film award

  • Clio Barnard and Tracy O’Riordan have been nominated for a BAFTA

  • Best Cinema Documentary: the Grierson Documentary Awards


Clio Barnard's film tells the powerful true story of the playwright Andrea Dunbar, who died tragically in 1990 at the age of 29, and her daughter Lorraine. Revisiting the Buttershaw Estate where Dunbar grew up, Barnard recorded audio interviews with members of the Dunbar family and residents from the Buttershaw Estate over a period of two years.
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"Brilliantly blurring the borders of narrative and documentary filmmaking, Clio Barnard beautifully reconstructs the fascinating true story of troubled British playwright Andrea Dunbar and her tumultuous relationship with her daughter. Working from two years of audio interviews, Barnard uses classic documentary techniques, actors, theatrical performance, and Dunbar's own neighborhood to generate a unique cinematic feast while unraveling the truths of a dark family past."
David Kwok

Screening at UK cinemas from 22 October 2010

Links :

 Andrea Dunbar playwright

As It Goes, a series of Andrea Dunbar play readings
at Young Vic in London 20-23rd October 2010

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