It’s always a pleasure to shine the spotlight on the independent British film scene and today we’ve got the first trailer and an exclusive look at the poster for Rachel Tunnard’s Adult Life Skills.

Starring Jodie Whittaker, Lorraine Ashbourne, Brett Goldstein and the ever wonderful Alice Lowe, Adult Life Skills impressed at Tribeca recently, earning Tunnard the Nora Ephron award. The film enters UK cinemas on the 24th of June.

Adult Life Skills imageThe trailer gives a great sense of the growing pains being faced here, with some fine character moments and Jodie Whittaker’s knack for making the everyday extraordinary.

Here’s the poster for the film, and the trailer below. Click it and it’ll grow before your eyes.


Here’s the new trailer, NSFW language but no-one really cares about that any more do they?

Synopsis ho!

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.

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.

And as a little treat, here’s the trailer for the 2014 short Emotional Fusebox, which begat Adult Life Skills.