Adult Life Skills

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Year:
2016
Running time:
96 minutes
Studio:
Independent
Territory:
Worldwide
Directed by:
Rachel Tunnard
Starring:
Jodie Whittaker, Brett Goldstein, Alice Lowe
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Description

Anna is stuck: she's approaching 30 and having an early-mid life crisis - one that's seen her regressing to a teenager, 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.

Genre

Comedy