Adult Life Skills

Adult Life Skills (formerly known as 'How To Live Yours') is a 2016 British comedy film funded by Creative England, and the feature debut of writer-director Rachel Tunnard. The feature-length version of the BAFTA-nominated short Emotional Fusebox, it premiered at the London Film Festival in 2014. It tells the story of 29-year-old Anna (portrayed by Jodie Whittaker) who moves into her mum's shed and refuses to move out after the death of her twin brother.


Since her twin brother Billy died, Anna is stuck, approaching 30 whilst living like a hermit in her mum, Marion's, garden shed. She spends her days making videos, using her thumbs as actors, but shows them to no one. A week before her birthday, her mum gives her an ultimatum: she must move out of the shed, get a haircut, and stop dressing like a homeless teenager. When Anna's school friend comes to visit, her self-imposed isolation becomes impossible to maintain. Soon, she is entangled with Clint, a troubled eight year old whose mother is seriously ill, and the local estate agent, Brendan, whose awkward interpersonal skills continually undermine his attempts to seduce her.

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    contentLocation Yorkshire
    director Rachel Tunnard
    genre comedy-drama
    keywords dress estate agent homeless teenager school friend twin brother
    musicBy Micah P. Hinson
    producer Michael Berliner
    productionCompany Creative England
    publisher Lorton Distribution