‘Sharp Stick’: Lena Dunham Shot In Secret Her First Film In Eleven Years

Like Lena Dunham or not, and a lot of people would say “not”, she’s come a long way from her directorial debut, Tiny Furniture, eleven years ago. That film helped establish the “mumblemore” movement that took the indie scene by storm, leading to her creation of the HBO series Girls. Dunham has been pretty quiet since the show ended, but now we know she’s quietly been working on her next movie, and it’s already completed.

Variety reports Dunham has wrapped shooting on Sharp Stick, a film she shot in secret over several months. Now she is seeking distribution at the European Film Market. The film stars Kristine Froseth, Taylour Paige, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jon Bernthal, Scott Speedman, and Dunham herself.

“I made my last feature film 11 years ago in my family home with just a few close friends,” said Dunham. “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.”

“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.”

Dunham recently had a small role as Gypsy in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and appeared in comedy The Stand-In.

Whatever Sharp Stick turns out to be, rest assured that Dunham’s haters and fans have already decided on it one way or another.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.