Verve Pictures takes 'The Arbor' for U.K.

Clio Barnard's portrayal of late playwright Andrea Dunbar

LONDON -- Indie distributor Verve Pictures has secured U.K. distribution rights to Clio Barnard's portrayal of the late Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar in "The Arbor" on the eve of the movie's world debut at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The movie blends documentary and fiction in its portrayal of Dunbar, best known as the writer of "Rita Sue and Bob Too," the film version of which was selected for the Festival de Cannes in 1987.

The movie, headed for a Tribeca debut on April 25, takes its name from Dunbar's debut play, written aged 15 as a classroom assignment before ending up being staged at London's Royal Court Theatre in 1982.

Wavelength Pictures has boarded as international sales agent for the project.

Produced by Tracy O'Riordan and exec produced by Michael Morris with backing from the U.K. Film Council, the film stars Manjinder Virk, Christine Bottomley, Monica Dolan, and Jimi Mistry.
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