The Arbor

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THE ARBOR traces the tormented life and legacy of British playwright Andrea Dunbar. While renown for her three plays - The Arbor Rita, Sue and Bob Too and Shirley - Dunbar's life was plagued by chronic abuse and alcoholism. She died, tragically at the... read more
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THE ARBOR traces the tormented life and legacy of British playwright Andrea Dunbar. While renown for her three plays - The Arbor Rita, Sue and Bob Too and Shirley - Dunbar's life was plagued by chronic abuse and alcoholism. She died, tragically at the age of twenty-nine, leaving behind a brief, but illustrious career and three children from three different men. The documentary follows her eldest daughter Lorraine, as she comes to terms with her own struggles and those faced by her mother. Equal parts art and reportage, THE ARBOR is an unconventional and poignant piece of cinema.

Original Release

10/22/2010

US Release

04/27/2011

Cast

Christine Bottomley Lisa Thompson
Neil Dudgeon Steve Saul
Robert Emms Young David
Natalie Gavin The Girl
Manjinder Virk Lorraine Dunbar
Jimi Mistry Yousaf
Kate Rutter The Mother
George Costigan Jimmy 'The Wig'
Monica Dolan Ann Hamilton
Parvani Lingiah Young Lorraine / Young Lorraine Dunbar
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Clio Barnard

Cast

Christine Bottomley Lisa Thompson
Neil Dudgeon Steve Saul
Robert Emms Young David
Natalie Gavin The Girl
Manjinder Virk Lorraine Dunbar
Jimi Mistry Yousaf
Kate Rutter The Mother
George Costigan Jimmy 'The Wig'
Monica Dolan Ann Hamilton
Parvani Lingiah Young Lorraine / Young Lorraine Dunbar
Danny Webb The Father / Max Stafford-Clark
Liam Price Billy
Robert Haythorne Fred
Matthew McNulty Andrew Dunbar
Steve Saul Self - Lorraine's Foster Parent
Max Stafford-Clark Self - Theatre Director
Jimmy the Wig Self - Andrea Dunbar's Partner
Andrea Dunbar Self
Lorraine Dunbar Self - Andrea Dunbar's Daughter
Pamela Dunbar Self - Andrea Dunbar's Sister

Producers

Michael Morris Executive Producer
Tracy O'Riordan Producer

Editors

Nick Fenton, Daniel Goddard

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