It’s difficult to believe, but this March 2nd is the second to last Doc Soup screening for the season (the final is in early April). Boo. The good news is, that means the Hot Docs Festival is just around the corner. Yay! The March 2nd installment of the series will feature the Canadian premiere of The Arbor (from UK director Clio Barnard). It’s already racked up multiple prizes at the London and Tribeca Film Festivals, and was recently named winner of the Guardian First Film award. It’s also up for a BAFTA award.

The film tells the story of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar and her daughter Lorraine. Dunbar’s first play, The Arbor, was written as part of a school assignment and described the experiences of a pregnant teenager with an abusive drunken father. Though Dunbar died at the age of 29 in 1990, The Arbor catches up with daughter Lorraine (also now aged 29) in rehab in the present day. Re-introduced to her mother’s plays and letters, Lorraine begins to understand the struggles her mother faced.

So, get a jump on the regular documentary-watching public, since the film isn’t scheduled for theatrical release until this summer. Filmmaker Clio Barnard will also be in attendance for introductions and a Q & A at the end.

The Arbor plays on March 2nd at 6:30pm and 9:15pm at the Bloor Cinema. Single tickets can be purchased in advance at www.hotdocs.ca or at the door on the night of the screening (subject to availability). A limited number of free tickets for the 9:15 p.m. screening may be available to students at the door, on a first-come first-served basis beginning at 5:30 p.m. All the details are here.