‘Arbor’ planted at Strand Releasing

April release planned for documentary

Strand Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to Clio Barnard’s “The Arbor,” the portrait of the late Brit playwright Andrea Dunbar, and will release the docu in April.

“The Arbor” had its world premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the new documentary filmmaker prize.

Dunbar was best known for the play “Rita Sue and Bob Too.” Barnard’s pic was based on audio interviews with Dunbar’s family, friends and neighbors, followed by filming actors who lip-synched the interviews.

The film focuses on the playwright’s troubled relationship with her daughter. Its European premiere took place at Karlovy Vary and it’s due to be released in the U.K. by Verve Pictures in October.

“The Arbor” is produced by Tracy O’Riordan for Artangel and U.K. Film Council, co-commissioned by Jerwood Charitable Foundation in association with Arts Council England and More4.

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