Described by pretty much everyone as riveting and one of the most original films of the year, The Arbor is the powerful true story of slum playwright Andrea Dunbar. It’s in cinemas from October 22 – but we have 3 DVDs to give away now!

Competition ends 9 April 2011

“The Arbor may be the most riveting 90 minutes of cinema I’ve seen all year.” David Gritten – The Telegraph

“One of the year’s most original films” – Dave Calhoun – Time Out

The Arbor tells the powerful true story of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar (The Arbor, Rita, Sue and Bob Too) and her daughter Lorraine. A captivating and revelatory piece of cinema, The Arbor is directed by artist and director Clio Barnard and will open in cinemas nationwide from October 22 through Verve Pictures.

Andrea Dunbar died tragically at the age of 29 in 1990, leaving ten year old Lorraine with bitter childhood memories. The Arbor catches up with Lorraine in the present day, also aged 29, ostracised from her mother’s family and 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.

Dunbar wrote honestly and unflinchingly about her upbringing and was hailed as ‘a genius straight from the slums’. The excellent cast includes Manjinder Virk (Lorraine Dunbar), Neil Dudgeon (Steve), Monica Dolan (Ann), Danny Webb (as Max and Father), Christine Bottomley (Lisa Dunbar), Kathryn Pogson (Pamela Dunbar), Natalie Gavin (Girl in The Arbor), Jonathan Jaynes (David Dunbar) and Jimi Mistry (Yousaf in The Arbor)

Transcending genre and defying categorisation, The Arbor is a truly unique work, a celebration of Dunbar’s triumphs and a dissection her legacy, both from a wider society perspective and on a personal level as we witness the pain of her short and tragic life.

The Arbor is an Artangel and UK Film Council production, in association with Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Arts Council England and More4. Produced by Tracy O’Riordan. Executive Produced by Michael Morris. Distributed by Verve Pictures.

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How did Time Out Magazine describe THE ARBOR? (See above)

1. One of the year’s most original films
2. One of the year’s most herbaceous films
3. One of the year’s most filmy films


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