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Rose Byrne And Lena Dunham Start Female-Focused Production Companies

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | April 27, 2015 |

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | April 27, 2015 |

Make the movies you want to see in the world, that seems to be the motto of these two fiercely funny ladies who’ve each founded a new production company dedicated to telling women’s stories.

Indiewire reports Neighbors star Rose Byrne has formed The Dollhouse Collective, a production company packed with fellow Australian females, like directors Gracie Otto and Shannon Murphy, actress Krew Boylan and producer/publicist Jessica Carrera. Otto told Screen Daily of the endeavor,

“The core aim is to develop theatre, film and television together and tell stories with a strong female presence. This formalizes what we are already doing. Sitting around the dinner table we have always been sounding boards for each other.”

The Dollhouse Collective announced their formation in style, with a spread in Australian Vogue. Already the banner has three features films on their production slate, When All in the Water, Serious Red and Girls In Hotels.

Meanwhile in the U.S., Girls creator and star Lena Dunham is teaming with the show’s producer and co-showrunner, Ericka Naegle and Jenni Konner to found A Casual Romance. Dunham hopes “to push the ball forward on gender and sexuality in interesting ways” with the production companies films and TV shows, while providing a base to nurture emerging talents.

“As my dad always says,” Dunham told Variety, “‘A rising tide lifts all boats.’ …  “It’s our job as women who have been given a certain amount of success and visibility to pull other women along with us.”

Aside from several projects in development with HBO, A Casual Romance has two docs about trangender issues coming up. Their first effort, a doc short called “It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise,” can be found on HBOnow.

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