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Film info: The Arbor

Film Information

Original Title The Arbor
English Title The Arbor
Director Clio Barnard
Year 2010
Format Digibeta
Colour Color
Duration 90 min
  • Manjinder Virk, Christine Bottomley, Natalie Gavin, Monica Dolan, Jimi Mistry
  • Fotografía: Ole Birkeland
  • Montaje: Nick Fenton, Daniel Goddard
  • Producción: Tracy O'Riordan


The most commented film in latest British cinema focuses around playwright Andrea Dunbar (1961-1990) and her daughter Lorraine, who was incarcerated in 2007 under charges of negligence which resulted in the death of her own two year old son. Dunbar became known in the 1980s for her merciless portraits of the English working class, which was reduced to poverty by Thatcherism and replicated that same violence but inside the family core. Ten years later, the ups and downs in her life would be the object of another theater play, A State Affair. Clio Barnard takes this last work –a puzzle that mixes scenes from Dunbar’s life and work– and adds the sound of interviews to friends and family members (Lorraine was interviewed in prison). The footage of those testimonies is played out by actors mimicking the sound over the recorded tracks. This singular structure reflects the continuance of everyday torture: a mosaic in which poverty, abuse, alcohol, and teenage parenting seem to feedback from each other and perpetuate themselves generation after generation.


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