There is a new Netflix documentary called Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold. Throughout the video, Didion herself narrates, while her nephew and filmmaker Griffin Dunne takes us through her life, from her early days at Vogue to the present. Whether you’ve read her work or not, you’ll be adding her to your TBR list by the end.
If you appreciated this look into Joan Didion’s life, I have some wonderful news for you. Here are 7 more author documentaries now accessible on Netflix in the US.
LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS
It’s a must-see for everyone interested in the publishing industry, as romance is undeniably the best-selling book genre. In Love Between the Covers, one romance writer says, “We fund all fiction.” “Yeah, we keep the lights on,” says another romance writer. Beverly Jenkins, Susan Donovan & Celeste Bradley, and Joanne Lockyer are among the featured authors.
SHAKESPEARE: THE LEGACY
In this 400th anniversary TV special, British actor John Nettles takes viewers through what we know about the great playwright, which is obviously not much. In Shakespeare: The Legacy, the historians combine what we know about Shakespeare with what we know about England at the time. The outcome is a 43-minute story that will have you dusting off your Shakespeare anthology.
In the documentary Trudell, John Trudell is a political activist, poet, and musician. Trudell was the American Indian Movement’s (AIM) leader and spokeswoman. Sein poetry were “lines given to me to cling on to.” He was a spoken word poet and musician. This documentary tells the story of Trudell’s life and activism via poetry and music.
GABO: THE CREATION OF GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ
Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a Spanish language documentary about the life of Colombian novelist and Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Discover how his grandmother’s stories and superstitions influenced Marquez’s famed magical realism, and how the people, places, and events of his youth shaped him as a writer.
SHE MAKES COMICS
A Kickstarter-funded documentary about the amazing women who have been involved in comic books since the beginning as both fans and creators. It celebrates the women who love comics from the early 1900s to today. Among the featured ladies are Ramona Fradon, Joyce Farmer, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Karen Berger, Jenette Kahn, and others.
LOOK & SEE: A PORTRAIT OF WENDELL BERRY
Produced by Terrence Malick, Robert Redford and Nick Offerman, Look & See is a visually breathtaking documentary on writer and environmental activist Wendell Berry. Look & See is beautifully shot across four seasons and narrated by Berry himself, showcasing us the grandeur of Henry County, Kentucky.
GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA
Gore Vidal is the central character of The United States of Amnesia. He wrote almost 30 novels, over 30 nonfiction volumes, and eight theater plays. Film on Vidal’s life and career, and its impact on American politics.