Lena Dunham on Making Movies for Her Inner Teenager

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Returning to cinemas with Sharp Stick and Catherine Called Birdy, Lena Dunham chats about grappling with the internet’s attention and filming sex from a feminist viewpoint (and the husband gets a word in about soundtracks). 

Twelve years after her debut feature Tiny Furniture, and five since the finale of HBO series Girls, Lena Dunham is back in cinemas with not one but two new films. Catherine Called Birdy, which premieres next month at TIFF, adapts Karen Cushman’s novel about a Medieval teenager (Bella Ramsey) trying many different ways to get out of the marriages her father (Andrew Scott) keeps arranging for her. Sharp Stick, which is out now after its Sundance premiere earlier this year, follows 26-year-old special-needs careworker Sarah Jo (Kristine Froseth) down a sex rabbithole as she makes up for lost time after a hysterectomy that stunted her teenagehood. 

Dunham spoke with Letterboxd editor-in-chief Gemma Gracewood about her favorite sexy films, the way she celebrates bodies, her love for The Worst Person in the World and more.

Read the conversation on Journal.