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Tiny Furniture

Director • Lena Dunham

Country • USA

Year • 2010

Duration • 98 min

“I think that I may be the voice of my generation—or, at least, a voice of a generation.” – Lena Dunham gets meta as Hannah in the HBO series Girls 

Before she became the voice of her generation, Lena Dunham was an Internet star. This was the film that got her the leg up to make the TV show that now keeps the Internet afloat. If you’re jimmying for a fix while Girls is in-between seasons, Tiny Furniture will take you back to where it all began, which is in a very similar place, just with a smaller budget and a marginally less good-looking cast. If you’re a fan and interested in seeing an actor/writer/director develop her craft, Tiny Furniture is a solid prototype to study.

Dunham plays the young and feckless college-graduate Aura who arrives home riddled with anxiety and an Arts degree. Her mum is a successful artist, her teenage sister is emotionally robust and her friends are good looking. It doesn’t help that they all speak in quick sentences that go up at the end? The plot here is not the point. Aura gets a crappy job hostessing a restaurant and lets a Woody-Allen wannabe who’s “kind of a big deal on YouTube” stay at her TriBeCa loft for a week. There’s a lot of hanging out and some steadfast quipping.

What Dunham did here (and then solidified in Girls) is well documented. She told it like it is, her way, and if you’ve ever been (or wanted to be) a self-involved twenty-something year-old girl with post-collegiate middle-class anxieties, Dunham/Hannah/Aura’s klutzy attempts to ‘come-of-age’ probably resonate with you too.


An interview between writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron and Dunham.
Dunham’s shorts (films. not pants).
Eps of Dunham’s webisode Delusional Downtown Divas


Video art in the cinema. Presented in collaboration with Channels – The Australian Video Art Festival before every screening. This session we feature Melbourne artist Tania Smith‘s Untitled (domestic gestures) series.

“Of course, Lena always goes straight for the most interesting thing, the thing you really want to know, even if it seems too intimate or too silly or too gross. Other things that might be considered too intimate/silly/gross: Lena’s normal-looking thighs. And stomach. Self-empowerment through self-degradation. The stuff that gets up around the sides of condoms.

–Miranda July, Interview Magazine

A hotel?

No, I wish.

In the street?

No, worse than that.

What’s worse than the street?

A pipe. In the street.



“I always wanted to be in the school play, and I was constantly preparing for auditions in a way that was crazy—reading the book that the play was based on, fantasizing, working on things in the bathtub—and then I’d literally get cast as, like, a bouncing ball or a fat man or security guard.”

–Lena Dunham, Interview Magazine