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Adult Life Skills 2015 15

96 mins United Kingdom Director. Rachel Tunnard

Anna (Jodie Whittaker) is an emotionally stunted 30-year-old living in her mum’s shed, who spends her days working at a local youth centre and filming videos using her thumbs as actors. But soon a sequence of events will force her to confront reality and re-emerge into adult existence.

The feature debut of experienced editor Rachel Tunnard is a quirky, charming and delicately mounted comedy, blessed with an engaging lead performance from Whittaker, and support from the reliable comic talent of Alice Lowe.

Anna’s scatty inner psyche is reflected in a richly detailed production design – all DIY contraptions and charity-shop chic – recalling winning British features like Son of Rambow and Submarine, although Tunnard’s droll tone is all her own. Adult Life Skills was the 2016 winner of the Nora Ephron Prize at Tribeca Film Festival.

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Directed by

Rachel Tunnard


Rachael Deering

Brett Goldstein

Lorraine Ashbourne

Jodie Whittaker




Best Films of 2016 The Female Gaze


15 Strong language




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