Past projects


Written and Directed by Clio Barnard, Produced by Tracy O’Riordan

World PremiereCannes Film Festival, Quinzaine des Realisateurs, 17th May 2013      

UK Premiere - London Film Festival - 14th October 2013

UK Theatrical Release - Artificial Eye - 25th October 2013   DVD release - 27th January 2014



Nominated - Outstanding British Film - BAFTA

Winner - Technical Achievement for Casting - BIFA.   Nominated - Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, Best Newcomer, Best Achievement in Production.

Winner  - Best Film - South Bank Sky Arts Awards

Winner - Best British Film, Best Newcomer - Conner Chapman - London Critics Circle Awards

Winner - Europa Cinema Label for Best European Film - Cannes Film Festival

Winner - Best Film - Stockholm Film Festival

Winner - Le Hitchcock DOr Award for Best Film, Prix Coup de Coeur & Prix de limage (Best Cinematography) - Dinard Film Festival

Winner - Grand Prize - St Jean de Luz film festival

Winner - GSA Award - Hamptons International Film Festival

Winner - Grand Prix - Ghent Film Festival

Winner - New Auteur Audience Award & New Auteur Award for Direction - AFI Festival

Nomination - Best Film and Best Newcomer - Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas - LFF

Lux Prize Finalist


Artificial Eye distribute The Selfish Giant in the UK & Ireland.  UK theatrical release:  25th October 2013.

The film was screened at the following cinemas:  Curzon Soho, Curzon Renoir, Curzon Richmond, HMV Curzon Wimbledon, Phoenix East Finchley, Greenwich Picturehouse, Screen on the Green, Everyman Hampstead, Hackney Picture house, Ritzy Brixton, Rio Dalston, Tricycle Kilburn, Manchester Cornerhouse, Bradford Pictureville, DCA, IFI, Edinburgh Filmhouse, Bristol Watershed, Sheffield Showroom, Nottingham Broadway, Glasgow Film Theatre, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, Newcastle Tyneside, Brighton Duke of Yorks, Leeds Hyde Park


The Selfish Giant selected for Directors Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival 2013.  

Guardian - Cannes Directors Fortnight

For International Sales contact Protagonist Pictures

Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s story of the same name, The Selfish Giant is a contemporary fable about two teenage boys who get caught up in the world of copper theft.

The Selfish Giant stars Sean Gilder (The Fall, Shameless), Siobhan Finneran (Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Downton Abbey), Lorraine Ashbourne (Oranges and Sunshine), Steve Evets (Looking for Eric), Ralph Ineson (Game of Thrones), Ian Burfield (The International), Elliott Tittensor (Spike Island, Shameless) and talented newcomers Conner Chapman and Shaun Thomas in their debut acting roles. The film is produced by Tracy O’Riordan (The Arbor, Akram Khan: Homeland).

The Selfish Giant is backed by the BFI Film Fund and Film4, and was developed with support from both Film4 and the BFI. International sales are being handled by Protagonist Pictures. Shooting took place in Bradford for six weeks.

The Selfish Giant is a contemporary fable about 14-year-old Arbor (Conner Chapman) and his best friend Swifty (Shaun Thomas). Excluded from school and outsiders in their own community, the boys meet Kitten (Sean Gilder), a local scrapman, and begin collecting scrap metal for him using a horse and cart. Swifty has a natural gift with horses and Arbor has a business brain and a way with words – they make a good team. But when Arbor begins to emulate Kitten by becoming greedy and exploitative, tensions build, leading to a tragic event which transforms them all irrevocably.

The Selfish Giant is writer/director Clio Barnard’s second film, following on from The Arbor, her feature-length documentary film about Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar. The Arbor received huge critical success on its release in 2010 and numerous awards including The Douglas Hickox Award at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), Best Screenplay at the Evening Standard British Film Awards, Best British Newcomer at the BFI London Film Festival, Best New Documentary Filmmaker at Tribeca and The Grierson Award for Best Cinema Documentary.

Barnard based her adaptation of ‘The Selfish Giant’ on stories she was told and people that she met whilst making The Arbor. She got to know a group of boys between the ages of 10 and 16 who used horses and carts to collect scrap metal, and in particular one boy who was the basis of the character of Arbor in the film. Barnard describes her second feature film as “a re-telling of a fairy tale based on fact”.


The Arbor

“Numerous celluloid experiments have fudged reality and fiction lately, but few are as formally inventive or socially revelatory as The Arbor.” — Ronnie Scheib, Variety



Directed by Clio Barnard, Produced by Tracy O’Riordan through Artangel.

World Premiere - Tribeca Film Festival, NYC, 25th April 2010

European Premiere - Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 3rd July 2010 - Official Selection

UK Premiere - London Film Festival - 13th -28th October 2010.  

UK Theatrical Release - 22nd Oct 2010   DVD release - 14th March 2011



Winner - Best New Documentary Filmmaker  - Tribeca Film Festival 2010

Winner - The Sutherland Award and Best British Newcomer - LFF 2010

Winner - The Innovation Award - Sheffield Documentary Festival 2010

Winner - The Douglas Hickox Award (plus 5 nominations) - BIFA Awards 2010

Winner - Best Screenplay - Evening Standard Film Awards 2010

Winner - Jean Vigo prize for Best Director - Punto De Vista - 2011

Winner - Guardian First Film Award - 2011

Winner - Doc Art Award - Planete Doc Film Festival 2011 - Warsaw

Winner - The Grierson Awards 2011 - DocHouse & The Bertha Foundation Best Cinema Documentary

Winner - Cinema Eye Honors 2012 - Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film

Runner up - Los Angeles Film Critics Association - Best Documentary / Non-Fiction Film

Nominated -  four London Critics Circle Awards

Nominated - BAFTA 2010 - Outstanding Debut, Clio Barnard and Tracy ORiordan


The Arbor is the powerful true story of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar (Rita, Sue and Bob Too) and her troubled relationship with her daughter Lorraine.

Andrea wrote honestly and unflinchingly about her upbringing on the notorious Buttershaw Estate. When she died, tragically at the age of 29 in 1990, Lorraine was just ten years old.

The Arbor catches up with Lorraine in the present day, also at 29; ostracised from Buttershaw and her family. Through compelling interviews we learn that Lorraine sees her mother as a destructive force; an alcoholic who let her suffer abuse and whom Lorraine blames for all that is wrong in her life.

Through interviews with other members of the Dunbar family, we see a contrasting view of Andrea, in particular from Lorraine’s younger sister Lisa, who idolises Andrea to this day.

Clio Barnard, began recording audio interviews with Lorraine, Lisa and members of the Dunbar family over a period of two years. With over 90 hours of audio recorded, Barnard edited the material to form an audio ‘screenplay’ which forms the basis for the film as actors lip-synch to the voices of the interviewees.

Barnard’s The Arbor seeks to chart the changes and reflect on the insights Andrea’s plays offer into the tragic circumstances of Lorraine.


Manjinder Virk, Neil Dudgeon, Monica Dolan, Danny Webb, Christine Bottomley, Natalie Gavin, Kathryn Pogson, George Costigan and Jimi Mistry.

Sales Agent: Wavelength Pictures - Wavelength Pictures

UK Distributor: Verve Pictures - Verve Pictures

Press Articles:

To go to The Arbor Facebook page

To go to The Arbor IMDB page

Stills photographer:  Nick Wall


AKRAM KHAN:  HOMELAND -  aired on More4 on Christmas Day 2011. 

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Promotional Trailer


Acclaimed dancer and choreographer Akram Khan provides a remarkable insight into the creation of Desh - his first contemporary solo show in 11 years

Desh, meaning Homeland in Bengali, is an exploration of acclaimed contemporary dancer and choreographer Akram Khans British/Bangladeshi heritage and is his most personal work to date.

It draws multiple tales of land, nation, resistance and convergence into the body and voice of one man trying to find his balance in an unstable world. Moving between Britain and Bangladesh, Khan weaves threads of experience and myth into a surreal world of surprising connection.

This film follows Akram and his production team at each stage of the creative process, beginning with a research trip to Bangladesh as they gradually develop a visual and sonic celebration of one mans desire to reconnect with his heritage.

Funded by More4 and Arts Council England. 

To order a copy, contact Verve Pictures



Tracy worked as a drama development executive and story editor before moving into physical production in 2002, when she production managed BBC docu-drama Little Angels directed by Paul McGuigan, associate produced Song of Songs directed by Josh Appignanesi and worked as part of the production team on the multi-award winning The Queen directed by Stephen Frears.

Digital departures

From 2007-2008 Tracy worked as Head of Development and Production for Digital Departures a micro-budget film making scheme set up as part of Liverpool City of Culture 2008. Three features were produced, the acclaimed Of Time and the City by Terence Davies, Kicks by Lindy Heyman and Salvage by Laurence Gough.

Short films

Tracy produced Jupiter by Luke Menges