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Lena Dunham To Make Comedy About 1960s Feminism


By Jeanne Sutton
14th Oct 2015
Lena Dunham To Make Comedy About 1960s Feminism

HBO have ordered a pilot about the 1960s feminist movement from Girls creator Lena Dunham.

This time last year we were fangirling over Lena Dunham’s bestselling collection of essays slash memoir of sorts, Not That Kind Of Girl. While some outlets had issues with the topics covered, most other people were too busy empathising and laughing with the talented actress and writer as she delved into body and relationship issues. It was a good book, end of.

In the past year, Dunham has proven herself to be the ?voice of a generation? she lampoons on her hit television show Girls. Yes, she’s had occasional missteps, but in general, her honesty has been beyond refreshing in a celebrity world of waist-trainers and Instagram filters. And then there’s Lenny Letter, the women’s issue ezine she recently launched that’s already building a devoted and interested fanbase.

Dunham is one of the faces of modern feminism, an inescapable fact that may divide Twitter, but a strong woman with a pro-choice, pro-women in politics and the arts voice is something we think should be celebrated.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Adam Brody (L) and actress Lisa Joyce attend the premiere of DirecTv's "Billy & Billie" at The Lot on February 25, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Adam Brody and Lisa Joyce (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Lena has yet another project on her plate. The Verge reports that HBO, the studio behind Girls, have ordered a pilot from Dunham called Max. The show will be a half-hour comedy and is set in the magazine industry during the 1960s and will be focused around the second-wave feminist movement. Call that our catnip. Dunham will direct the pilot, which is written by Murray Miller, a writer with Girls as well as an executive producer on that show. Jenni Konner, the Girls showrunner, will also have some involvement with Max.

The female lead has already been cast, with Lisa Joyce as a young writer who gets caught up in the feminist movement. Joyce has enjoyed a minor role in Broadwalk Empire and starred in an episode of The Good Wife as well as opposite Adam Brody in the series Billy & Billie.

Do you like the sound of Max? Or do you think the show might make the same mistake as Girls and ‘forget’ to include the voice and experiences of women of colour, a criticism that has been levelled at Lena ever since the series debut?

Via The Verge