Before 'Girls' there was 'Tiny Furniture'. To watch Lena Dunham's feature debut, with its autobiographical overtones and engagement with sexuality, is to see the writer, director and actor in the process of creating the world that would become a hit series on HBO.
Shot in her family home and featuring her mother (photographer Laurie Simmons) and sister Grace, Dunham's film follows the travails of Aura (Dunham), who returns home from university to her artist mother's Tribeca loft. Luckily, her train-wreck of a childhood best friend never left home, the restaurant down the block is hiring and countless ill-advised romantic options lurk around every corner. With everyone pressuring her to become something, Aura just wants to work out who she is.
★★★★ "Dunham adds some semi-autobiographical bite to a refreshingly insightful comedy" - David Parkinson, Empire
★★★★ "Extremely well-written, often funny and very touching film" - Henry Barnes, The Guardian