Andrea Dunbar was described as 'a genius straight from the slums.' The unflinchingly honest playwright wrote about her distressing upbringing on the Arbor, the notorious Buttershaw Estate in Bradford, UK. When she died tragically 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. This 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
Christine Bottomley,Robert Emms,Natatlie Gavin,Manjinder Vrik,Jimi Mistry,Neil Dudgeon
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.