Adult Life Skills (2019)
Adult Life Skills is a comedy movie funded by Creative England and is the feature debut for writer director Rachel Tunnard. It is the 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 has moved into her mum’s shed and is refusing to move out after the death of her twin brother. 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. The movie premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in April 2016, winning one of the top awards – the Nora Ephron prize for best female director. As her 30th birthday nears, sulking Anna still finds herself living in her mother’s shed and recording videos. Soon, her budding friendship with an unhappy boy and a smitten young man inspires her to finally grow up and accept adult responsibilities.