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The Arbor

Barnard, Clio H. (2010) The Arbor. Artangel Media Feature film. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:40773)

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Additional information: What is the relationship between documentary filmmaking and the ‘language’ and conventions of fiction filmmaking? The Arbor, written and directed by Barnard, addresses this question through the exploration of an innovative form of documentary representation. The film explores the legacy of the playwright Andrea Dunbar. Dunbar became a nationally-recognized figure in the 1980s through a series of plays, including The Arbor (1980) and Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1982), depicting life on the Buttershaw estate in Bradford where she was raised. Barnard’s The Arbor returns to life on the Buttershaw estate three decades later, focussing on the life one of Dunbar’s daughters, Lorraine. Echoing the method of verbatim theatre, the film is based upon taped interviews. These interviews, however, are combined with carefully synchronized shots of performers visually representing the figures whose actual voices we are hearing. By intertwining the documentary record of the interviews with overtly staged shots, The Arbor highlights and invites spectators to reflect on the way in which documentary representations in general – whether realist and transparent or, as in this case, highly reflexive – actively shape the events that they represent. Funded by awards from the AHRC and Artangel, among others, The Arbor was exhibited theatrically in the UK, US, Canada and Australia, broadcast on More 4 in the UK, and distributed on DVD. The Arbor was nominated for the BAFTA Outstanding Debut by a British Director prize, and won many awards, including The Grierson Trust Award for Best Cinema Documentary 2011, Best British Newcomer at London Film Festival 2010, and Best New Documentary Filmmaker at the Tribeca Film Festival 2010. The film was widely and positively reviewed (in The New York Times, for example), and the focus of several public events and debates (including a screening at the House of Lords; see and the portfolio for further evidence).;
Subjects: N Visual Arts
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Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Stewart Brownrigg
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 00:05 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:15 UTC
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