The Arbor

Andrea Dunbar was described as 'a genius straight from the slums.' The unflinchingly honest playwright wrote about her distressing upbringing in 1990 at the age of 29. Andrea left behind her plays and three children by three different men. Although Lorraine, Andrea's oldest daughter, acquired a knack for writing, she was unable to avoid a grim fate of her own. The documentary follows Lorraine and her other siblings on a powerful journey of reflection and self-discovery as they begin to understand the struggles their mother faced. Comprised of personal letters, interviews with Andrea's family and friends and a reading of her most celebrated play, The Arbor is as innovative in its construction and execution as it is heartbreakingly compelling.


****  - Joshua Rothkopt, TIME OUT NEW YORK

"Aggressively theatrical and devasting intimate" - Jeannette Catsoulis, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Theatrical...Powerful...Mesmeric, Unnerving" - Logan Hill, NEW YORK MAGAZINE

2010 / UK / Colour / English with English subtitles / 16:9 widescreen  presentation / Dolby Stereo / 95 minutes


Director:  Clio Barnard


WINNER - Best New Documentary Filmmaker - Tribeca Film Festival 2010


  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical trailer

Product Number: 3019-2

UPC Number: 7-12267-30192-8