Paul Ashton in Film & TV

03/03/2016

Rachel Tunnard’s Creative England Supported Debut Feature 'Adult Life Skills' to Premiere at Tribeca 2016

'Adult Life Skills' receives its world premiere at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York - where Sheffield filmmaker Rachel Tunnard will also be eligible for the Nora Ephron Prize. 

The film is released in UK cinemas in Summer 2016 by Lorton Distribution Ltd. It was supported with Creative England Production finance and shot entirely in Yorkshire and Derbyshire, featuring local-born star Jodie Whittaker.

'Adult Life Skills' is about a woman approaching 30 having an early-mid-life crisis - one that sees her regressing to a teenager, living in a shed at the bottom of her mum’s garden and making videos using her thumbs as characters.

Rachel shaped the script (previously titled HOW TO LIVE YOURS) with the support of Creative England, having initially developed the project through iFeatures2. Her pilot/short film EMOTIONAL FUSEBOX was the first emerging talent award made as part of the BFI NET.WORK. The short was produced in early 2014, also starring Jodie Whittaker, and selected for BFI London Film Festival, before being nominated for ‘best short film’ by both BIFA and BAFTA, and winning the Audience Award at British Shorts in Berlin.

Creative England Senior Talent Executive Paul Ashton said:

“We’re over the moon that Rachel’s debut will premiere at such a cool international festival. The project is a real success story for Creative England’s key role in the BFI NET.WORK support for new and emerging filmmakers – and a great example of how regional talent can be meaningfully supported through the related strands of our film activity.”  

Creative England Senior Production Executive Richard Holmes said: 

“It’s rare to see a film that manages to be fabulously funny, deeply affecting and original all at the same time, often in the same scene. Rachel, Michael Berliner, the producer, and Ken Marshal, the EP, have delivered a great piece of entertainment, backed by ideal distribution partners. It’s a credit to the Talent Team here at Creative England”

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