Wednesday 7th January
It’s no secret that Lena Dunham is my celebrity girl crush. Forget Zoe Deschanel (although she does have fantastic hair) and Tina Fey, this woman is fascinating.
Not That Kind of Girl was highly anticipated after the huge success of Girls and, although not a huge fan of her use of lists in some chapters (they were ineffectual, lazy and a bit of a cop out if you ask me), the rest was great. Girls is quite clearly the work of a genius; written, directed and performed by my girl Lena- the question is: what can she not do?
As someone who shares the same childhood dreams as Dunham, I can’t help but admit that I’m a bit (very) jealous and that I sit with quiet certainty on a daily basis that if my parents had also been artists or the like, I would also be a published author with my own TV show. I’m sure this isn’t remotely true, but a girl can dream, can’t she?
So fuelled with a curiosity about the journey of this twenty-hood star, I took to Youtube to watch one of her first pieces, Tiny Furniture. It’s a hipster’s paradise, filmed in her actual home with her actual mum and her actual sister. Highly entertaining and littered with many a familiar face; Jemima Kirke – my spirit guide – and Alex Karpovsky to name but a few, were a nice surprise.
A story about a girl called Aura who graduates and returns home to New York from a mid-west university. She falls into a dead end job, the arms of two men who are clearly not right for her and struggles with the first world perils of living at home with the parents, or in this case, a mother and sister who she thinks are ganging up on her. The whole thing is drony, gratuitous and absolutely laugh out loud hysterical – much like all of her work – and that’s why we love her. She is gritty, a bit bleak and self obsessed – making her all the more frank and compelling to watch; so much so that I sometimes feel that watching her onscreen feels like reading someone’s diary without their permission.
I would recommend Tiny Furniture to anyone who went through an existential crisis in their early twenties (pretty much every graduate ever) or anyone who is already a fan of Girls. Or those who liked her book. Or even those who like Fridays. Basically if you’re human, go and watch it.