Pico Pictures

WINNER - Nora Ephron prize for best female director, 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

Based on the BAFTA nominated short film Emotional Fusebox; in UK cinemas June 24th.

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.

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Michael Berliner

Michael is an independent producer who has made 14 award winning shorts through his company Pico Pictures since 2008. These include four for the UK Film Council and one apiece for BBC HD, BBC Writersroom and one of the new high ]budget BFI Shorts.

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Michael is an independent producer who has made 14 award winning shorts through his company Pico Pictures since 2008. These include four for the UK Film Council and one apiece for BBC HD, BBC Writersroom and one of the new high ]budget BFI Shorts.

He has won prizes including the Film London Best of Boroughs Viewers' Choice Award 2008, Straight 8 2008, the Grand Prix du Jury at Angers Premiers Plans 2010, and both Best Short Film and the Short Film Audience Award at East End Film Festival 2010. His short 'School Portrait' got one million views in ten days on Vimeo and much press including the Huffington Post, the Evening Standard, the Metro, Gizmodo and Wired. It was also nominated for two 2012 Webby Awards, “the Internet’s highest honor" (New York Times).

Michael was MovieScope Magazine Producer to Watch in February 2012 and was mentored by Warp Films CEO Mark Herbert through the Guiding Lights programme.

He has four features in development, two of which are at advanced stages. HOW TO LIVE YOURS reached the final eight of the iFeatures2 programme, received the first commission nationally out of BFI NET.WORK from Creative England for its pilot EMOTIONAL FUSEBOX, and is soon to complete a final development cycle with Creative England. The second, THE WANDERERS, is writer/director Luke Snellin's debut feature. It is a Britpop teen musical set in Colchester that has completed a development cycle with the BFI.

michael@picopictures.co.uk // http://www.twitter.com/michaelberliner // http://www.picopictures.co.uk

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