I have never seen anything like this. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in documentary storytelling. Barnard and her cast and crew make this story important by the way that they tell it. The perspectives offered are enlightening to say the least.
This was a heartbreaking documentary to watch, especially hearing the story of Andrea Dunbar's mixed-race daughter and her subsequent traumas. I appreciated the way it was put together, and being reminded of Andrea Dunbar's work through 'The Arbor'. A hard watch with all the unfolding family sagas.
Devastating. In addition to reflecting the format of 'A State Affair', using actors instead of a straight documentary created enough distance between the characters and the viewer so as to not feel emotionally exploitative.
Earlier the Samantha Morton film about abandoned children ended with a statement showing the number of children affected by neglect. This doc brings it home, from the incredible cadence of Dunbar's daughters to the abject conditions that come off as natural or normal. It shows a side of England that we might not even think exists but for films like this one. The movie was incredible…