Adult Life Skills
UK, 2016, 96mins, M Offensive language & sexual references
Directed by Rachel Tunnard (feature debut)
Starring Jodie Whittaker, Lorraine Ashbourne, Brett Goldstein, Rachael Deering, Eileen Davies, Alice Lowe, Edward Hogg, Ozzy Myers
Written by Rachel Tunnard (based on her short film ‘Emotional Fusebox’)
Comedy, Drama | Official website
- Wednesday, 16 Aug, 2pm (encore)
There’s no badge for growing up.
Arrested development dramedy written and directed by Rachel Tunnard and starring Jodie Whittaker (Attack the Block) and Lorraine Ashbourne.
“Anna (Whittaker) is stuck: she’s approaching 30 and has just moved back to her rural home-town, and into a shed in her mother’s backyard. She spends her time working a menial job at a local boating center and hides in the depths of her imagination, making movies with her thumbs. Irritated by her childish behaviour, Anna’s mother insists that she move out of her shed and on with her life. When a troubled young boy starts hanging around, the two form an unlikely bond. Through their strange yet mutually beneficial friendship, Anna slowly begins to confront her perpetual state of arrested development.” (Tribeca Film Festival)
Witty and moving, this is a low-budget Brit triumph that marks its director as a talent to watch. EMPIRE (UK)
Whittaker is real and likeable, and there are some very funny lines. TIMEOUT (UK)
Knock a star off if you’re feeling cynical, but otherwise surrender to this fun, funny, spirited debut. TOTAL FILM (UK)