A still from Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold. Image Source.
Joan Didion’s importance lies in her capacity to change the way you think about the world. Anyone who has encountered her work as an adolescent or an adult will be familiar with this phenomenon. As a novelist, a reporter, and a cultural commentator, Didion produces work that forces you to think about who you are and how you are. The trailer for new Netflix documentary Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold captures her singular voice as well as her inspirational but tragic life.
The trailer opens with Didion talking about receiving her first notebook with characteristic modesty. Her iconic novels Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The White Album flash across the screen, as well as reports on the Manson family and the Vietnam war, giving a sense of the range and volume of her work. Things then take a turn for the personal (and the sad), when the passing of Didion’s husband and daughter is brought to the fore. Overall, the doco looks like it will provide an in-depth and intelligent picture of Didion’s life and we couldn’t be more excited for its October 27 premiere.