The representation of females in popular culture is constantly controversial; from Sex and the City's antithetical attempts to portray us as 'liberated', to the perfect-figured lead female in a blockbuster, to the Manic Pixie Dream Girl in alternative (and not so alternative) cinema, we never seem to quite form an honest whole. A contributing factor to this has to be our failure as a society to present women as a 'warts and all' package; complete with the contradictions, bad skin, bad habits and anxieties our modern selves possess.
I saw Lena Durham's Tiny Furniture (and reviewed it) at last year's New Zealand International Film Festival and was immediately impressed by the raw, honest portrayal of recent Unversity graduate and quarter-life crisis suffering Aura, and immediately claimed her as the personification of Tweeting, neurotic Gen Y girls everywhere; the inherent understanding of someone from our generation (she's only 25) writing about our generation was overwhelming. Durham has followed that film up with an HBO series called Girls which premiered last week at the SxSW Film Festival 2012. It continues the themes present across Durham's work, with a premise of "four friends, adrift in a modern New York of unpaid internships and bad sex on dirty sofas".
That quote is from an article on The Vulture that analyses why Girls is an important piece of feminist television and I highly recommend you read it. In the mean time check out some teasers below.
The trailer for Tiny Furniture
And here's a photoshoot with the core cast by Autumn de Wilde.