Joan Didion and Gay Talese

Joan Didion Documentary Slouching Towards Netflix

Attention Joan Didion disciples! A Didion documentary is slouching towards Netflix later this year. 


Along with Gay Talese’s ‘Voyeur,’ ‘Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold’ will premiere at the 55th New York Film Festival in October. 

‘Voyeur’ is a portrait of a Colorado motel owner, Gerald Foos. For decades Foos secretly observed his guests through specially designed ceiling vents from an observation platform in his attic.


Gay Talese

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‘Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold’ is directed by her nephew Griffin Dunne. It will feature such iconic footage as Didion partying in LA with Janis Joplin; Didion chilling in a recording studio with Jim Morrison; and Didion cooking dinner for one of the Manson girls.


Joan Didion

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Dunne said:


It is a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to convey the life and work of my aunt, and literary icon, Joan Didion. This documentary is a true labor of love and to partner with Netflix, who will help bring this to a global audience, is more than I could have hoped for when I started on this over five years ago. And to world premiere at NYFF, is just the icing on the cake.


Didion is one of the most famous living writers, and many of the younger generation of literary elites, including ‘The Girls’ author Emma Cline, cite her as a major influence. 


By the sound of it, both ‘Voyeur’ and ‘The Center Will Not Hold’ should certainly inspire some magical thinking. We can’t wait to watch them. 


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