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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 7 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 Kate Rutter ... The Mother
Liam Price Liam Price ... Billy
Robert Haythorne Robert Haythorne ... Fred
Josh Brown Josh Brown ... Policeman
Gary Whitaker Gary Whitaker ... Himself
Jamie Timlin Jamie Timlin ... Himself
Jimi Mistry ... Yousaf
Robert Emms ... Young David
Kathryn Pogson Kathryn Pogson ... Pamela Dunbar
Jonathan Jaynes ... David Dunbar
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Portrayal of the late Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar.

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I odos Arbor See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,159, 6 May 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,268, 28 August 2011
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Artangel Media See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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There was some controversy when the film won the Best New Documentary Filmmaker at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010 as some members of the jury were unsure whether it qualified as a documentary or not. See more »

Connections

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

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Gang Bang
Written by Barton
Performed by Black Lace
Published by FLAGG Music Publishing
Licensed courtesy of NOW Music
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Powerful
18 January 2011 | by Geoff CloutSee all my reviews

I loved everything about this sad film.

The technique of post syncing shouldn't have worked, nor the acting of the play on the streets either, but they really do.

The pacing of the original interviews is very interesting,very steady. There is something marvellous about the way the accents are subtly yet profoundly different from those that actors generally impose, and knowing that these voices are those of the actual people was very moving.

Seeing the real people in what would normally have been flashback but in this case is views into a previous documentary really worked.

This is a very powerful story of a tragedy with very little joy. When I see Rita, Sue and Bob Too again, one of my favourite films and one that puts most other working class depictions into a cocked hat, I wonder what my mood will be.


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