Adult Life Skills
Adult Life Skills

Adult Life Skills

Rachel Tunnard’s feature debut Adult life skills is┬áthe feature-length version of BAFTA nominated short, Emotional Fusebox, which premiered at the London Film Festival in 2014. The story of a 29-year-old, Anna (portrayed by Jodie Whittaker) has moved into her mum’s shed and is refusing to move out after the death of her twin brother.

The film world premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in April 2016, winning one of the top awards – the Nora Ephron prize for best female director. The film releases in UK cinemas on 24 June 2016.

About the film

Anna is stuck: she's approaching 30, living like a hermit in her mum's garden shed and wondering why the suffragettes ever bothered. She spends her days making videos using her thumbs as actors - thumbs that bicker about things like whether Yogi Bear is a moral or existential nihilist. But Anna doesn't show these videos to anyone and no one knows what they are for. A week before her birthday her Mum serves her an ultimatum - she needs to move out of the shed, get a haircut that doesn't put her gender in question and stop dressing like a homeless teenager. Naturally, Anna tells her Mum to "back the f-off". However, when her school friend comes to visit, Anna's self-imposed isolation becomes impossible to maintain. Soon she is entangled with a troubled eight year old boy obsessed with Westerns, and the local estate agent whose awkward interpersonal skills continually undermine his attempts to seduce her.

Director: Rachel Tunnard
Writer: Rachel Tunnard
Stars: Jodie Whittaker, Lorraine Ashbourne, Brett Goldstein