Documentary: The Arbor

Documentary and fiction are seamlessly blended in Clio Barnard’s critically-acclaimed debut feature. Taking an innovative approach to dramatization, the film uses actors lip-syncing to real-life interviews to explore the troubled life of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar, best known for her play, Rita, Sue and Bob Too.

Archival footage is effectively incorporated, interwoven with a live staging of her play, The Arbor. BAFTA-nominated for Outstanding Debut by a British Director and winner of the Sheffield Doc/Fest Innovation Award in 2010 and Best New Documentary Filmmaker at Tribeca Film Festival, New York.

“Barnard’s documentary is that all too rare thing in nonfiction filmmaking: equal parts fluid art and impeccable reportage.” – Art Forum


Women in Film
In the centenary year of the 1918 suffrage act, celebrating women’s voices has never been more important. With this in mind, we present a season dedicated entirely to women in film. All the films in this season are directed or co-directed by women, and most are female-focused in their narrative.

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