The story of the late great playwright Andrea Dunbar
Shuffle Festival is an annual event which aims to build a more integrated community presence through art, comedy, music, food and film. Taking place in the Cantrell Field, tonight’s film screening is The Arbor. The film will be followed by a question and answer with the film's director, Clio Barnard. The Arbor portrays the life of the late Bradford playwright, Andrea Dunbar. Instead of making a conventional documentary or adapting Dunbar's most successful play The Arbor for the screen, director Clio Barnard has crafted a truly unique work that transcends genre and defies categorisation. Following two years conducting audio interviews with Dunbar's family, friends and neighbours, Barnard filmed actors lip-synching the interviews, flawlessly interpreting every breath, tick and nuance. Some of the scenes were shot in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, the same location you will be watching the film from. "Dramatically spellbinding and intellectually stimulating." –Variety "Moving, bold, unconventional and impeccably staged, The Arbor is a worthy tribute to a powerfully artistic voice." – Empire Certificate: 15. Valid ID required. Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes.
"Tough, worthy stuff."