The Arbor Image
Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

Summary: Instead of making a conventional documentary or adapting Dunbar’s play The Arbor for the screen, director Clio Barnard has crafted a truly unique work that transcends genre and defies categorization. Following two years conducting audio interviews with Dunbar’s family, friends and neighbors, Barnard filmed actors lip-synching the interviews, flawlessly interpreting every breath, tick and nuance. The film focuses in particular on the playwright’s troubled relationship with her daughter Lorraine who was just 10 when her mother died. Barnard re-introduces Lorraine to her mother’s play and private letters, prompting her to reflect on the extraordinary parallels between their lives. Interwoven with these interviews are staged scenes of Dunbar’s play filmed on The Arbor, the street where she lived. (Strand Releasing)
Runtime: 94 min
Production: Artangel Media
Genres: Biography, Documentary
Country: UK
Language: English
Director Credit
Clio Barnard Director
Cast Credit
Andrea Dunbar Herself
Andrew Dunbar Himself
Christine Bottomley Lisa Thompson
David Dunbar Himself
George Costigan Jimmy 'The Wig'
Jimi Mistry Yousaf
Jonathan Jaynes David Dunbar
Kate Rutter Mother
Lorraine Dunbar Herself
Matthew McNulty Andrew Dunbar
Monica Dolan Ann
Natalie Gavin The Girl
Neil Dudgeon Steve
Pamela Dunbar Herself
Robert Emms Brother
Producer Credit
Tabitha Jackson Executive Producer
Tracy O'Riordan Producer
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