Run time: 91 mins
How to Have Sex examines British youth culture, consent, and sexual pressure through three teens on their end-of-exams holiday.
Tacky pool parties, cheap booze, and formative experiences await, some thrilling, some deeply traumatic. Tara (Mia McKenna-Bruce) and her mates Skye (Lara Peake) and Em (Enva Lewis) show up and get a room overlooking the pool in a resort hotel in Malia: at night pulsing with garish neon drunkenness and during the day eerily deserted, like a post-apocalyptic setting.
For Tara, she’s yet to have her first sexual experience and she’s feeling under pressure to "catch up" with her friends. When Tara meets the neighbouring lads, their week of partying intensifies and the pressure rises. However, for Tara, her first sexual experiences aren’t respectful, wanted, or consensual, and the film follows her during the week processing what’s happened as the party rages on.
An unsentimental film, without the coming-of-age cliches, and with powerful performances from a talented, emotionally generous young cast; and a script that actually sounds like real teen conversations, How to Have Sex is a triumph of honest storytelling.