Adult Life Skills

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Rachel Tunnard
Production: Pico Pictures
  5 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

this can't go on!

Why not?

18 months in a shed is too much.

Says who?

Let's not row now, please.

You said you'd be out by now.

I didn't, you decided I would be.

You need to get on with things, Anna,

you're going to be 30 next week.

Get on with what, get a new boyfriend?

Well, yeah!

If it stops you moping about

making them bloody film videos

I'm not moping.

Hang on, Marion

Oh fine, you talk to her.


What your Mum's trying to say

It's not normal

livin' in my shed at your age.

Well, you live with your Mum

and you're well old.

She just means it's time you

started doing things again, Sweetheart.

You can move into the house.

I'm not doin' that.


Let's start again.

What you Mum means is

you're not really livin' right now.

I mean...

when I was your age

I woulds't have an adventure.

Oh geez,

she doesn't need a bloody adventure.

Anna, you need to move on, I...

I think we need to get you

a nice flat nearby.

- Good luck with that.

- I mean it.

I want you out of that shed

by your birthday. This ends now!

(Luke clears throat)

Do you...? ummm...

want me to look at your hair?

Password Incorrect

Password Incorrect

Password Incorrect

And you lost sight on me

Whilst the wind it blows so holy

As if I disappeared

To thin, breathless air,

Drinking, bittersweet

And sometimes it seems

That you lost sight

on me

Anna, are you up?


I was thinkin'...


should we go to a show for your birthday?

(? garbled ?) at the Civic.

Could be fun.

Well we should book it now if you fancy it

and maybe to a restaurant

or something af...



It's still your birthday you know.

Were you up all night watching

"Grease" on the telly?


Were you?

My mom had it on.

Oh aye.

My Mum had it on.

She did!

Have you seen "Grease"?

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