The Arbor (2010)

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.

Directing:
  • Clio Barnard

Stars:
Release Date: 2010-10-22
metacritic icon 7.6/10
themoviedb icon 6.7/10
  • Country: GB
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 94
  • Revenue: $21,268
Monica Dolan
Monica Dolan
Ann Hamilton
Christine Bottomley
Christine Bot...
Lisa Thompson
George Costigan
George Costig...
Jimmy 'The Wig'
Neil Dudgeon
Neil Dudgeon
Steve Saul
Manjinder Virk
Manjinder Vir...
Lorraine Dunbar
Robert Haythorne
Robert Haytho...
Fred
Danny Webb
Danny Webb
Max Stafford-Clark / The Father
Kate Rutter
Kate Rutter
The Mother
Matthew McNulty
Matthew McNul...
Andrew Dunbar
Jimi Mistry
Jimi Mistry
Yousaf
Robert Emms
Robert Emms
Young David
Kathryn Pogson
Kathryn Pogso...
Pamela Dunbar
Jonathan Jaynes
Jonathan Jayn...
David Dunbar
Kulvinder Ghir
Kulvinder Ghi...
Rafee
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