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The Arbor

The Arbor

A Documentary Re-Invented Oct. 22, 2010 UK 94 Min. 14A
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Clio Barnard


Christine Bottomley isLisa Thompson
Lisa Thompson
Manjinder Virk isLorraine Dunbar
Lorraine Dunbar
George Costigan isJimmy 'The Wig'
Jimmy 'The Wig'
Monica Dolan isAnn Hamilton
Ann Hamilton
Neil Dudgeon isSteve Saul
Steve Saul
Robert Emms isYoung David
Young David
Kate Rutter isThe Mother
The Mother
Danny Webb isMax Stafford-Clark / The Father
Max Stafford-Clark / The Father
Matthew McNulty isAndrew Dunbar
Andrew Dunbar


Portrayal of the late Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar. Andrea Dunbar wrote honestly and unflinchingly about her upbringing on the notorious Buttershaw Estate in Bradford and was described as ‘a genius straight from the slums.’ When she died tragically at the age of 29 in 1990, Lorraine was just ten years old. The Arbor revisits the Buttershaw Estate where Dunbar grew up, thirty years on from her original play, telling the powerful true story of the playwright and her daughter Lorraine. Also aged 29, Lorraine had become ostracised from her mother’s family and was in prison undergoing rehab. Re-introduced to her mother’s plays and letters, the film follows Lorraine’s personal journey as she reflects on her own life and begins to understand the struggles her mother faced.

The Arbor
The Arbor
Original title The Arbor
IMDb Rating 7.2 1,475 votes
TMDb Rating 6.2 13 votes

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