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The Arbor

Issue No. 2224

The Arbor is the powerful true story of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar (best known for Rita, Sue and Bob Too) and her daughter Lorraine.

Andrea wrote honestly and unflinchingly about her upbringing on the notorious Buttershaw Estate in Bradford.

She died aged 29 in 1990 when Lorraine was just ten years old.

The Arbor catches up with Lorraine in the present day—29 and in prison, going through rehab.

The film follows Lorraine’s personal journey as she reflects on her own life and begins to understand the struggles her mother faced.

A truly unique blend of documentary and fiction.

Director: Clio Barnard
In cinemas from 22 October

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Tue 19 Oct 2010, 18:53 BST
Issue No. 2224
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