A cigarette in hand, deadpan expression, impossibly chic home office attire. Joan Didion has emerged as a working from home muse for many in quarantine. This gem of a Netflix documentary, Joan Didion: The Centre Will Not Hold, produced and directed by her actor nephew, is a visual feast for fans of the literary legend. Whilst it follows a loose chronological structure - weaving in stories about her Californian roots, library of work (from essays, political journalism, novels and screen plays), Hollywood encounters (fun fact: Harrison Ford was her carpenter pre-Star Wars stardom), marriage, journey into motherhood and coping with loss - it's beautifully fragmented, and brutally intimate in parts. Much like her signature style of writing. Even those unfamiliar with her work will find this documentary to be of great comfort: at its core, it explores the depths one goes to find meaning amongst the chaos. Stream here.
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