Dir. Clio Barnard
(2011, Not Rated, 94 min)

Andrea Dunbar was a playwright who grew up in a poor housing estate in Yorkshire, England. She wrote the autobiographical play The Arbor about her contentious family life and abusive marriage to a Pakistani man. Clio Barnard‘s stirring, innovative documentary of the same name is ostensibly about Andrea, but more than that it’s about her legacy, about the children she left behind when she died in 1990 at age twenty-nine, about the way upbringing can shape destiny, and about the complex interplay between life and art … Read the rest of my review at Culturazzi.