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by Rachel Tunnard


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. This is a story about confronting the things we are most scared of – a story that explores the universal themes of being lost and finding yourself, making peace with who you are, and regaining self-confidence and dignity. It is basically the same themes as ROCKY if you think about it. But with thumbs. And a cowboy. And no boxing.

international title: Adult Life Skills
original title: Adult Life Skills
country: United Kingdom
sales agent: Independent Film Company
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Rachel Tunnard
film run: 96'
release date: UK 24/06/2016
screenplay: Rachel Tunnard
cast: Jodie Whittaker, Lorraine Ashbourne, Eileen Davies, Alice Lowe, Edward Hogg, Andrew Buckley, Brett Goldstein, Rachael Deering, Christian Contreras
cinematography by: Bet Rourich
film editing: Rachel Tunnard
art director: Beck Rainford
costumes designer: Rebecca Gore
producer: Michael Berliner
co-producer: Sean Wheelan
production: Filmgate, Pico Pictures
distributor: NonStop Entertainment
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