- DVD called Pretty Useless: An Idiot’s Guide to Washing Up and Ironing
- It is the brainchild of Ben Gwillim, 55, from Swindon
- Former Royal Marine was frustrated at how hopeless modern teenagers are
- Tongue-in-cheek film has commentary and advice in ‘mum’s voice’
- Actor Emily Miles is ‘dropped in at the deep end’ with the washing up
- Things ‘get steamy’ for co-star Joshua Sharp with the ironing
Naomi Greenaway for MailOnline
15:06 GMT, 23 September 2014
16:08 GMT, 23 September 2014
Here’s the perfect gift for all those freshers just starting university: an idiot’s guide to washing up and ironing.
The 20-minute DVD features simple instructions as basic as how to turn off a tap and how to avoid scalding water when washing up.
Other nuggets of wisdom include advice to watch out for sharp knives in the soapy water.
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Actor Joshua Sharp features in the 20-minute DVD learning how to iron
Emily Miles tries to hone her washing up skills on screen. One useful tip the actress learns on the tongue-in-cheek DVD is to watch out for sharp knives when fishing around in soapy water
When it comes to ironing the film recommends making sure the iron is switched on before using it.
Pretty Useless: An Idiot’s Guide to Washing Up and Ironing is the brainchild of Ben Gwillim, 55, who has two 17-year-old stepchildren.
The former Royal Marine came up with the idea after becoming frustrated at how hopeless modern teenagers are at looking after themselves.
He said: ‘The film is intended to be mildly nagging but amusing and at its heart is some genuine instruction useful to many, not just the young.’
Joshua appears apprehensive as he embarks on the task of ironing a shirt – all by himself
It’s not over yet: he knows a crisp shirt when he sees one and those sleeves just won’t do
Hey presto! Joshua bursting with pride as he shows off his pristine handiwork
The cover of the DVD says: ‘There will be no excuse as we show your lazy urchins how these basic tasks should be done in a very simple way even they should understand.’
And in a message to parents it adds: ‘Don’t nag them; let this DVD nag them for you.’
Ben, from Swindon, Wilthire, estimates he spent £20,000 on producing 1,000 copies of his DVD, which is available on Amazon for £5.
He enlisted Film Infinity to help him film and produce it and actors Emily Miles and Joshua Sharp play the clueless students.
‘So this is what they’re for!’ Emily finally understands why her mother keeps a pair of gloves under the sink
A forlorn Emily struggles to control the soap suds as she gets to grips with the washing up
Emily ponders the age-old washing up dilemma – is it necessary to wash the WHOLE glass or will rubbing off the lipstick stain do?
The tongue-in-cheek film has a commentary in a ‘mum’s voice’ which dishes out the advice.
Emily is ‘dropped in at the deep end’ with the washing up while things ‘get steamy’ for Joshua with the ironing.
The commentator tells her: ‘It needs to be hot, but not so hot that it burns, okay?’
And when dealing with sharp knives the voice adds: “Now do it carefully, we don’t want any accidents. Keep the sharp edge away from you.
‘That’s it. And when it’s done, put it in the rack face down.’
Joshua in a more typical pose – but is he going to get those chocolatey hands all over the clean washing?
The bizarre DVD aims to whip lazy students into shape by teaching them some basic domestic skills
Joshua also gets helpful tips for ironing, such as making sure the iron is ready for use: ‘Now check that there is water in it for steam, and switch it on.’
He is then told: ‘The first thing to do is check the label. There’s a little iron symbol with dots. How many are there?
‘Ah two, I see. You need turn the iron temperature to match the label on the t-shirt, and make sure the steam is switched on.’
Mr Gwillim, who is now heading to Bilbao in Spain to teach English, said, ‘I joined the military when I was 18 and I had to learn it all from scratch.
‘My step-children have seen it but they have always been pretty good at this kind of thing. Everyone else I have spoken to has thought it was a great idea though.”
Film Infinity director Ian Miles said: ‘We had great fun making these films – sometimes too much fun as on numerous occasions we couldn’t actually physically operate the cameras because we were laughing so much.’
The 20-minutes film follows fortunes of actors Emily Miles and Joshua Sharp as they struggle to carry out everyday household chores