Ahead of it’s UK(& European) premiere at Edinburgh Film Festival then a week later it’s UK cinema release Rachel Tunnard‘s Adult Life Skills has unveiled the short film that inspired the film. Emotional Fusebox is the ‘pilot’ is a BAFTA Nominated short film and see why the feature film is a must see British Independent Film, check it out…
The EIFF premiere follows hot on the heels of the film’s world premiere at TriBeCa, where writer/director Rachel Tunnard received the Nora Ephron Prize – awarded to a woman writer or director with a distinctive voice who embodies the spirit and vision of the legendary filmmaker and writer.
Anna is stuck: she’s approaching 30 and having and 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 real estate agent whose awkwardness continually undermines his attempts to seduce her.This is a story about confronting the things we are most scared of – 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.
watch Adult Life Skills UK trailer
The Adult Life Skills UK and European premiere will take place at 20:45 on 18 June, as part of a programme of World, European and UK premieres including Finding Dory, and Maggie’s Plan. Buy Your Tickets Here
Adult Life Skills also stars Jodie Whitaker,Brett Goldstein, Lorraine Ashbourne, Eileen Davies, Alice Lowe, David Anderson, and Rachael Deering, in cinemas 24th June.