Alternative Cinema: The Arbor
(Clio Barnard, 2010, 94min)
British artist Clio Barnard delivers one of the most original documentaries in recent memory, presenting audio interviews with the children of renowned playwright Andrea Dunbar, stylistically performed (in an astonishingly crafted lip-synch) by actors. Dunbar, whose naked depictions of working class life in Thatcher’s England on the Buttershaw Estates, also suffered from alcoholism while raising three children on her own. Paying homage to Dunbar’s brilliance as a writer, the film vividly renders a cycle of social dysfunction across three-generations. A Brechtian experiment in revealing truth through performative fiction, Barnard’s unflinching biography illustrates the layers of life through the eyes of parents and children.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:00pm