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The Arbor (2010)

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Portrayal of the late Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar.

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Clio Barnard
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manjinder Virk ... Lorraine Dunbar
Christine Bottomley ... Lisa Thompson
Natalie Gavin ... The Girl
Parvani Lingiah Parvani Lingiah ... Young Lorraine
Danny Webb ... Max Stafford-Clark / The Father
Kate Rutter ... The Mother
Liam Price Liam Price ... Billy
Robert Haythorne Robert Haythorne ... Fred
Josh Brown Josh Brown ... Policeman
Gary Whitaker Gary Whitaker ... Self
Jamie Timlin Jamie Timlin ... Self
Jimi Mistry ... Yousaf
Robert Emms ... Young David
Kathryn Pogson ... Pamela Dunbar
Jonathan Jaynes Jonathan Jaynes ... David Dunbar
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Portrayal of the late Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar.

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A Documentary Reinvented


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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 »

Connections

Features Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987) See more »

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Mehbooba O Mehbooba
Written by Anand Bakshi (as A. Bakshi) and Rahul Dev Burman (as R D Burman)
Performed by Rahul Dev Burman (as R D Burman)
Universal Music India
Published by Universal Music Publishing
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Something quite different
24 December 2011 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Andrea Dunbar wrote two plays before she died tragically young at the age of 29 - 'The Arbor', of which we see snatches and scenes here, and 'Rita, Sue and Bob, Too', which was made into a well-regarded film.

This drama-documentary is rather different to the usual type because not only does it use real interview and actual footage of Dunbar from her TV appearances, but uses real interviews with her family and friends which are then lip-synched (very well) by professional actors. This sounds like a gimmick, but we very quickly forget we are not watching the real people talking about their lives - when we do get jolted out of this by associations with other work (George Costigan 'plays' Dunbar's partner but also of course was 'Bob' in the aforementioned film), it still somehow works.

Dunbar's story was a tragic one, one of wasted talent and a toxic life, to some degree, although her children - mixed-race Lorraine and Lisa - have very different stories about their childhood and the impact their mother had on them. Lorraine's story is just as tragic in its way, and we follow that following the description of Andrea Dunbar's death.

A new and dynamic way of presenting real people's issues and problems, 'The Arbor' is very possibly something Dunbar could have created herself had she lived. As it is, it stands as an interesting memorial to her talent.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,638, 1 May 2011

Gross USA:

$21,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$126,182
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Artangel Media See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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