Independent Cinema Office

In receipt of both substantial buzz and delighted critical acclaim following its Sundance premiere, US comedian, actor and writer Bo Burnham’s coming-of-age comedy-drama Eighth Grade is a hilarious, heartfelt and unusually clear-eyed look at the trials and tribulations of adolescence. Currently holding an impressive 99% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it has marked the first-time director out as a name to watch.

The story revolves around 13-year-old Kayla (brilliantly played by Elsie Fisher) as she struggles through the last week of middle school. A loner, plagued by social anxiety, she channels her creativity and longing for friendship into her online persona, confidently dispensing advice via video blogs. But nobody watches them, and during her last days of eighth grade she becomes determined to connect in real life with the girls who look down on her and the boys who don’t even look at her.