According to Variety, production on Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham’s newly announced feature titled Sharp Stick has officially been completed. The film was reportedly shot secretly over the past months in Los Angeles with a crew led by mostly female department heads. This secret project marks Dunham’s first feature film as a writer-director after over ten years since her acclaimed comedy-drama film Tiny Furniture in 2010. Further details about the film’s plot still being kept under wraps but Dunham did describe the project as something “incredibly personal” to her. She also teased that Sharp Stick will deal with “the complexities of female sexuality.”
Sharp Stick is directed and written by Dunham, who is also starring in the film. Joining her are Kristine Froseth (The Society, The Assistant), Taylour Paige (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jon Bernthal (The Punisher, Ford v Ferrari), Scott Speedman (Best Sellers).
“I made my last feature film 11 years ago in my family home with just a few close friends. It’s a testament to FilmNation and my incredible producers, cast, crew and — especially — my COVID-19 compliance team that this experience felt just as intimate and creatively free,” Dunham said in a statement. “This story is incredibly personal to me and a continuation of my career-long mission to create a free dialogue around the complexities of female sexuality and to turn the idea of the ‘likable’ female protagonist on its head —and you can’t do that in this business on any scale larger than your mother’s living room without forward thinking partners. I feel very lucky.”
The film is produced by Dunham through Good Thing Going banner with Soham Joglekar as an associate producer. Paige and Bernthal will also be serving as executive producers along with FilmNation’s Glen Basner and Ben Browning. Kenneth Yu, Will Greenfiled, and Harrison Kreiss are also executive producing.
Dunham’s first venture into writing and directing was a 2006 short film titled Dealing and 2009’s Creative Nonfiction. She then gained recognition for her work in 2010’s Tiny Furniture which served as a semi-autobiographical pic with her real mother and sister, Laurie Simmons and Cyrus Grace Dunham appearing in the film. Following that, she starred in HBO’s acclaimed comedy-drama series Girls, which she created, directed, written, and executive produced. For her work in the series, she earned a number of Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and winning two of them.
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