The Arbor details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Christine Bottomley, Danny Webb, Robery Emms, Monica Dolan, Natalie Gavin, Neil Dudgeon, Jimi Mistry, Manjinder Virk|
|Run time:||1 hour 34 minutes|
|Rental release:||14 Mar 2011|
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the arborBy lisatommo80 (1 review) from doncaster , 29 Mar 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]beel my mother was not a drunk she was potrayed that way and always will be...i found it hard to give the interview,but im glad that i did,as i wanted to get my point across to ppl that my mum wasnt the person my druggie sister made her out to be..she blames her for her wrongs in life but if my mum was that bad me and my brother would be the same and may i add we both live happy lives...
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Raw life as it must be in so many cities like BradfordBy a customer , 31 May 2011Incredibly depressing but totally absorbing film... not for the faint hearted... all the techniques used to tell Andrea Dunbar's story were pretty inspired..outstanding
A very interesting film.By gingerspike (432 reviews) from Grimsby , 25 May 2011A great piece of storytelling, part fiction, part documentary, part fact, part street theatre. It was interesting to see the upbringing of a great storyteller, it totally put a different spin on those films of Andrea Dunbar that I had watched.
The ArborBy buffyrules (367 reviews) from southend on sea , 20 May 2011Its hard to rate or even review a film like this. Despite the use of actors it is still shockingly personal and hard going at times even voyeuristic. I think this was probably what the director was aiming for-she certainly suceeded.
Tough but real, everyone should watch.By HaleBopp (2 reviews) , 17 May 2011I was in two minds about watching this film, predominantly because the subject matter unnerved me. Despite the difficult nature of the documentary I watched the film last week and I am throughly glad that I did. I would highly recommend this film. I personally would not consider it entertainment as in my opinion that belittles each persons account. This film does however provide explicit evidence of the resilience each family member had to develop in the face of poverty, adversity and inherent racism, and of the consequences when that is not enough.
Not an easy watch, but worthwhileBy Roga (15 reviews) from London , 13 May 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]The film deals with material not usually seen in the movies: the real life of those on the margins of a northern housing estate.
It seemed to me that the central character of the film was Lorraine, Andrea Dunbar's daughter. Much of the film is Actors lip syncing to recorded interviews with real people and we are drawn into the harrowing story of Lorraine who seems to suffer most of the worst possibilities life has to offer. The reality of the pain of her life makes this film difficult to watch at times.
Other parts of the film are sections from Andrea Dunbar's plays, acted out on the council estate that inspired them.
This is a significant film, both for its content and the unusual method of combining drama and documentary: Highly recommended as an antidote to saccharine mainstream Hollywood, or for those who enjoy social realist drama.