FMP: Research – ‘The Arbor’ 360MC
Andrea Dunbar was a playwright from Bradford and wrote about reality which in those times was something fresh and new, however for some people it was a bit too real and they didn’t take kindly towards it.
The film is by Clio Barnard and is by far my biggest inspiration for my film, as rather than just creating and twisting the real story to make it fit a narrative, why not just have the real audio and use visuals to illustrate it.
The film cleverly mixes four elements; 1. Real audio taken from interviews, 2. Actors to mime to the audio and re-create scenes that illustrate some of the descriptions, 3. A staged play on the Brafferton Arbor that is written by Andrea Dunbar, and finally 4. The film that puts it all together creating a compelling, gritty and emotional narrative.
I think what I like best about this film is that I have never seen anything like it before, but in the past I have thought of mixing a stage play and filmed visuals together in order to create a narrative, and so seeing this was a breath of fresh air. It is real and holds real emotion and connection not just from those who were interviewed but from audiences who remember the Arbor and life there, who may remember Andrea and her family, or simply those who have or know of someone whose been through the same situations.
This is something I would hope to achieve with my film, bringing real emotion and connection to the audience whoever it may be, and not being afraid to do something different and push boundaries.