Adult Life Skills

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Adult Life Skills
Adult Life Skills poster.jpg
British release poster
Directed byRachel Tunnard
Produced byMichael Berliner
Written byRachel Tunnard
Music byMicah P. Hinson
CinematographyBet Rourich
Creative England
Distributed byLorton Distribution
Release date
  • 17 April 2016 (2016-04-17) (Tribeca Film Festival)
  • 24 June 2016 (2016-06-24)
Running time
96 minutes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom

Adult Life Skills (formerly known as 'How To Live Yours') is a 2016 British comedy film, funded by Creative England, and is the feature debut for writer director Rachel Tunnard. It is the feature-length version of BAFTA nominated short,[2] Emotional Fusebox, which premiered at the London Film Festival in 2014.[3] 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.[4][5]

The film premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in April 2016,[6] winning one of the top awards - the Nora Ephron prize for best female director.[7]


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.



  1. ^ "Adult Life Skills (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  2. ^ Screen Talent Agency. "Emotional Fusebox BAFTA Nomination". STA. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  3. ^ British Film Institute. "London Film Festival 2014". BFI Official Website. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  4. ^ Creative England. "How to Live Yours Video Diary". Creative England. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  5. ^ Women in Film. "Rachel Tunnard Talks to". WFTV. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Tribeca 2016 Announces Lineups for Competition Programs (US Narrative, International Narrative, World Documentary) & Viewpoints - Tribeca". Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  7. ^ "15th Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2016 Juried Award Winners - Tribeca". Archived from the original on 1 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016.

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