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The Arbor [Blu-ray]

Manjinder Virk , Neil Dudgeon , Clio Barnard    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Manjinder Virk, Neil Dudgeon, Monica Dolan, Danny Webb, Christine Bottomley
  • Directors: Clio Barnard
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Verve Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Mar 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00450AFHY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,432 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The Arbor is the powerful true story of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar (The Arbor, Rita, Sue and Bob Too) and her daughter Lorraine. Andrea 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 catches up with Lorraine in the present day, also at 29; ostracised from her mother s family and in prison undergoing rehab. Through compelling interviews we learn that Lorraine sees her mother as a destructive force throughout her childhood; an alcoholic who let her suffer abuse and whom Lorraine blames for all that is wrong in her life. Through interviews with other members of the Dunbar family, we see a contrasting view of Andrea, in particular from Lorraine s younger sister Lisa, who idolises Andrea to this day. Re-introduced to her mother s plays and private letters whilst in prison, the film follows Lorraine s personal journey as she reflects on her own life and begins to understand the struggles her mother faced. A truly unique blend of documentary and fiction, The Arbor is a captivating and revelatory piece of cinema.

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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Linear PCM ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Short Film, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Andrea Dunbar was a British playwright whose work reflected the gritty realities of life in working-class Bradford, West Yorkshire. Dunbar knew of what she wrote -- she grew up in a Bradford housing project, had children by three different men, was a victim of domestic violence, and struggled with alcoholism before she died in 1990 when she was only 29. Andrea's daughter Lorraine Dunbar inherited her gift with language, but also her weaknesses; she also dealt with unhappy relationships with men, worked as a prostitute, became addicted to hard drugs, and served time for manslaughter when her two-year-old son died after drinking her methadone. Filmmaker Clio Barnard set out to tell the story of Andrea Dunbar's brief, troubled life and the neighborhood where she lived and wrote, and The Arbor is a unique mixture of documentary and narrative filmmaking. In addition to interviews with members of Andrea Dunbar's family and residents of Bradford's Buttershaw estates, where Dunbar's plays took place (which are lip-synched by actors to create a distancing effect), the film includes passages from Dunbar's first play, also called {+The Arbor}, played out against the real-life locations where the story is set. The Arbor received its world premiere at the {~2010 Tribeca Film Festival}. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, British Independent Film Awards, ...The Arbor (2010) ( I odos Arbor ) (Blu-Ray)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most interesting film I've seen in ages! 17 April 2011
I bought this movie only because Mark Kermode (the BBC Radio5 Live & Culture Show presenter) talked about it on his radio show. I am so glad that I did.

I watched it with really no idea what it was about, which probably helped my reception because I was totally blown away! It is really not very often that I say those words, I watch a lot of movies and although there are a lot that I really good but sadly few get to me me in quite the way this one did.

I was so captivated by it. There are a couple of different narrative threads running through the story told in subtly different styles/techniques but the way they are amalgamated to tell the overall story is just fascinating.

I cannot rate this film highly enough, watch this movie!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revealing and Rivetting 5 Nov 2010
This film is ground-breaking, and also heart-breaking. Totally original approach to the subject matter. Essential viewing to anyone who cares about life and the hand we are dealt. Innovative and compelling, this film demands attention.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Innovative, Powerful, Bleak 26 July 2014
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Yorkshire-born film-maker Clio Barnard’s 2010 debut film, The Arbor, based on the life of Bradford-born 'teenage playwright’ Andrea Dunbar is one of the most original films I have seen in recent years. Mixing actual documentary footage, long stretches of 'dramatised’ pseudo-documentary (in which actors lip-synch the words of real-life characters from Dunbar’s troubled life) and 're-staged’ sections of Dunbar’s ‘breakthrough’ play (which shares its title with Barnard’s film), The Arbor is a painfully uncompromising, though frequently highly innovative, take on modern Britain’s 'urban underclass’, together with all the issues of social disintegration they currently face.

The Arbor is certainly not an easy watch, dealing as it does with issues of poverty, family dysfunction, drug and alcohol addiction, domestic violence, racism and underage sex. And Barnard’s choice to depict such relatively common 'cinematic fare’ via the real-life story of the briefly celebrated (before her early death in 1990 aged 29) 15-year old 'genius’ (Shelagh Delaney’s words), Dunbar, adds considerable weight to her film. That Barnard has managed to produce such an assured and inventive piece of work – the film’s re-staging of extracts from Dunbar’s play The Arbor on a Bradford estate 'green’, as members of 'the public’ look on, provides one of the film’s many highlights – whilst maintaining an even-handed, non-judgemental approach to the material (is social conditioning or lack of personal responsibility the prime cause of her protagonists’ problems?), is all the more remarkable given her lack of experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing Real Life Tale 23 Sep 2013
The Arbor is the best documentary film I've seen since Dreams Of A Life. Like that film, it also hits you with one hell of an emotional punch in its slow unravelling of a tragic life.

Andrea Dunbar was a flickering flame that burned bright but all too swiftly. She wrote her first play, The Arbor, at the age of 15 in one of her school books. Heavily based on her own life on the Brafferton Arbor, a street on Buttershaw Estate, Bradford, the play - like all of Dunbar's writing - had a realistic rhythm to its dialogue that is redolent of working class northern communities. Dunbar was an observer and recorder and it is still staggering to think of the work she produced at such an early age. In an interesting diversion (and a chance to gain more of an understanding of Dunbar through this semi autobiographical work) scenes from The Arbor are played out in the very street itself by actors like Natalie Gavin and Jimi Mistry, making for unique theatre, and interspersed with clips from archive documentary and interview footage featuring Andrea, her mother and father. Her next play was probably her most famous, Rita Sue and Bob Too which was subsequently turned into a film in the mid 80s. By the end of that decade however, Andrea was dead. Collapsing of a brain tumour in her local boozer (the one featured in the infamous Black Lace 'Gangbang' song scene in the aforementioned film) at the age of 29.

The Arbor is an engrossing experimental drama that seeks to explore the life of Dunbar and her kin as well as being a social document for the neighbourhood itself.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars real life 8 July 2011
Written before we became fastinated by council estate life, some parts workshopped but watched by the real residents a shame the author met such a tragic end
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5.0 out of 5 stars An honest and engaging movie 5 Jun 2014
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about my favourite playwright, Andrea Dunbar, her genius work and the havoc her dysfunctional life-style and alcoholism wrought upon her children, particularly her eldest. This is a brilliantly imaginative approach to film-making and by dubbing in the real people's voices, but using actors to mouth/act their lines/experiences the result is a stunning creative achievement. You will need tissues! Its honesty will have you weeping. Fantastic performances by the two female leads and all the supporting cast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
I think the service from this seller is fantastic would recommend to anyone wishing to us them, 10/10 great film as well
Published 5 months ago by Shona
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusually wonderful
Clio Barnard just has to mAke more films, she has a very rare and British talent
Fantastic direction and imagination.
Published 5 months ago by Luci Sims
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
timely xmas present for a very good friend. wonderful humanity in a very well made film. superb acting and great direction. thanks for a quick service too.
Published 8 months ago by Mr. Anthony J. Hume
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine portait of playwright
A revealing and moving film about the writer Andrea Dunbar. The experimental technique works well, and the actors put in good performances. Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2012 by MartinS
4.0 out of 5 stars Art on the estate
It's the sort of idea that almost certainly would have been written off as film-making suicide by a market research focus group: make a documentary about a working class playwright... Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2012 by Dariush Alavi
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, brave and moving piece of documentary and docu-drama...
This tells the life story of playwright Andrea Dunbar, who was
discovered at a very young age in a rough working class area
of the Buttershaw estate in Bradford. Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2011 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars high expectations
Im purely thinking from a video art perspective, where documentary crosses over into video art, and i really cant wait for its release on dvd! Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2011 by Eden
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