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THE ARBOR

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 2:15 PM (B1)
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Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 8 PM (B1)
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THE ARBOR

DIRECTOR: Clio Barnard - GREAT BRITAIN

British playwright Andrea Dunbar made a name for herself in 1980 with the raw semi-autobiographical play (later a film) “Rita, Sue and Bob Too.” The plot is set in The Arbor, a poor housing project in the English town of Bradford and a hotbed of domestic squabbles, eternally drunk and vulgar fathers, frustrated mothers, and children in trouble with the law. Dunbar had a similarly hard life, dying at age 29 and leaving behind three young children by three different fathers. Over a two-year period, Barnard made recordings of conversations she had with members and acquaintances of the Dunbar family, then reconstructed the playwright’s life with the help of actors who lip-synch the recordings. Barnard seamlessly stitches together these disparate but innovative elements, matching Dunbar’s unconventional life with a befittingly unconventional film that, while framed as a documentary, is really its own eloquent, genre-defying performance work on film. (94 mins.)

First Feature Film.

Winner, Best Documentary, Tribeca Film Festival.

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Interests: New Directors, Documentary Views.

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