Lena Dunham's upcoming show 'Camping' places human minutiae against nature
Lena Dunham's 'Camping' is probably the wind of change where she will take a closer look at the human troubles.
In the latest clip of an invitation to the set, the cast, and writers of 'Camping' talk about what the show stands for, and what more are they expecting of it. Coming from the program creator of 'Girls,' Lena Dunham seems to have been trying to visualize a new way of interpreting the "minutiae of human existence."
In the clip, shared on Facebook, the cast gives a brief introduction to the show. Jennifer Garner, who is set to play the obsessive-compulsive wife who considers herself to be "Instagram famous" with just 11,000 followers for her account, said, "'Camping' is a story about four couples who go on a camping trip. It's four couples who maybe shouldn't be spending 4-5 nights together in the woods." While the very idea of human interaction going very wrong often takes the center in any of Dunham's works, 'Camping' is probably that one show where Dunham is trying to tell less of her story and more of her characters.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Dunham had confessed that, for her, the only way to overcome her struggles was by putting herself in the characters. "It’s the only way I know how to process. It almost feels like things haven’t happened to me until they’ve happened to another character before my eyes." Remaking Julia Devis' 2016 mini-series of the same title, Dunham found herself at one with the protagonist Kathryn (who will be played by Garner) who "is obsessed with her menopause and her body." However, this time the 'Girls' program creator had bigger things in mind. She wanted to see the "universe of people’s unmitigated neuroses in a natural environment" take shape in 'Camping.'
In the clip, Dunham says that she wanted to leave her characters in 'Girls' like one leaves a campground, "better than you found it." This time she literally has the chance of leaving the "Campground" better than she found it, and in order to do so, Dunham seems to have taken a different route to project the trivial tantrums of the human existence.
She said, "These characters are slightly more tethered by human decency than the characters on 'Girls' were. They’re trying, even if it’s not always working. So trying to write people who are acting out in more subtle and specific ways, rather than misfiring all over the place, was a whole new shade and - the shadow of human behavior."
Co-writer, Jenni Konner (who is no longer in partnership with Dunham), also mentioned in the clip that the show was more than about placing human endurance against nature. Korner correctly pointed out, "It's this idea that you have all the room in the world, but it's a really really claustrophobic environment." While the show certainly is like a wind of change for Dunham, it is also a big break for David Tennant who is probably playing a light-character in a very long time. 'Camping' also marks Garner's return to television ever since she waved goodbye to her iconic spy character, Sydney Bristow in the 2001 series, 'Alias.'
'Camping' is a comedy television series based on the British series of the same name and is created by Julia Davis that is set to premiere on October 14, 2018, on HBO. The series is set to star Jennifer Garner and David Tennant, along with Juliette Lewis, Ione Slye, and Brett Gelman, and was written and executive produced by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner.