June 21 @ 19:30 - 21:10
THE ARBOR screens at Deptford Cinema (21 JUN 19:30):
THE ARBOR directed by Clio Bernard, is part fictional restaging, part documentary charting the tragic story of Bradford born Andrea Dunbar who was thrust from a working class council estate into the theatrical spot light when her play The Arbor about a teenage pregnancy won the young writers’ festival and premiered at the Royal Court in 1980. Her next play Rita, Sue and Bob too was also a success and made into a film by Alan Clarke in 1982.
Bernard’s film THE ARBOR used lip synching actors to play out a series of interviews she conducted with Dunbar’s family. The film is located on the Buttershaw estate where Dunbar lived and and uncovers with intensity the relationships that she had with her daughters and the tragic legacy she left behind.
“This groundbreaking study of the life of troubled playwright Andrea Dunbar merges documentary and performance to mesmerising effect” — PETER BRADSHAW, THE GUARDIAN
THE ARBOR is the final of five films exploring women and family in film. This is part of the female gaze season at Deptford Cinema programmed by Women in Film SE15.