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Which Gay Movie Inspired ’Girls’?

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Thursday Jun 27, 2013

Although the hit HBO dramedty "Girls" is mostly based off of creator and star Lena Dunham's life, the breakthrough actress recently revealed that the 2011 critically acclaimed gay drama "Weekend" served as inspiration for television show.

Dunham listed her Top 10 Favorite Films on the Criterion Collection's website, which included "Broadcast News," "Dead Ringers" and her number one pick, "Fish Tank." But her fourth favorite film is "Weekend," a British film directed by Andrew Haigh, starring Tom Cullen and Chris New, about two men who meet and begin a relationship the week before one of them leaves the country.

"This just wrecked me. I went in knowing nothing except that gay men are my target demo and came out stunned by the subtlety and sensitivity of Andrew Haigh's direction," Dunham, whose film "Tiny Furniture" is part of the Criterion Collection, says of "Weekend." "This is also what inspired me to show ejaculate on television: there is one scene in which cum is such a central, and lovely, part of the experience of sex with another person. Messy, happy, lonely sex."

For some, it may come to no surprise that the "Girls" creator listed a gay film in her top 10 favorites. Dunham has been a longtime supporter of LGBT rights and recently applauded the Supreme Court's rulings on the twin gay marriage cases. She tweeted, "Don't wanna traffic in stereotypes but let's be real: I'm gonna love a gay wedding."

Dunham's boyfriend, Jack Antonoff, the guitarist for the rock band Fun., is also a strong supporter of LGBT rights, participating in ads for the Human Rights Campaign and often taking to social media to promote gay rights. And according to the British newspaper the Daily Mail, Dunham said she won't marry until all same-sex couples in the U.S. are able to as well.

"I don't want to get married until all gay people can get married," she said.

Additionally, "Girls" featured out actor Andrew Rannells as her gay ex-boyfriend Elijah, who will return for the show's third season.


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