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The Arbor (2010)

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Portrayal of the late Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Lorraine Dunbar
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Lisa Thompson
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The Girl
Parvani Lingiah ...
Young Lorraine
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Max Stafford-Clark / The Father
Kate Rutter ...
The Mother
Liam Price ...
Billy
Robert Haythorne ...
Fred
Josh Brown ...
Policeman
Gary Whitaker ...
Himself
Jamie Timlin ...
Himself
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Yousaf
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Young David
Kathryn Pogson ...
Pamela Dunbar
Jonathan Jaynes ...
David Dunbar
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Portrayal of the late Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar.

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25 April 2010 (USA)  »

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I odos Arbor  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,159 (USA) (6 May 2011)

Gross:

$21,268 (USA) (26 August 2011)
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Clio Barnard recorded audio interviews with Lorraine Dunbar and other members of the Dunbar family over a two year period to create her screenplay. See more »

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Amazing and Innovative
25 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

By using actors who are lip-syncing interviews of actual people in Andrea Dunbar's life, this film pushes the documentary genre completely into the dramatic cinema field, with very interesting and moving results. Mix in stagings of her plays in the actual British housing projects where they were set, and vintage TV footage, you get a fascinating very creative mix.

It's also a very enlightening portrait of a woman who used art and the written word to pull herself out of the slums, but failed to change as a human being, basically living the life of the housing project trash that she wrote about, abusing her children as a result.

A fresh and very cinematic take on the documentary form. Check it out.


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