has announced the release of a documentary about literary icon Joan Didion, set to arrive Oct. 27. Directed by Didion’s nephew Griffin Dunne, who is an actor, director and producer you might know from An American Werewolf in London, Joan Didion: A Center Will Not Hold will be an account of the author’s life and career. It will include clips of personal interviews between Dunne and Didion, as well as archival footage covering a 50-year span of her writing.
The documentary, which Dunne has been working on for the past 6 years, will be the first film about his aunt featuring her in the flesh, recounting her life in her own words. Didion tells stories of partying with Janis Joplin, hanging out with Jim Morrison and meeting with one of Charles Manson’s followers.
“It is a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to convey the life and work of my aunt, and literary icon, Joan Didion,” Dunne said in a statement. “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 5 years ago.”
Watch a preview of the forthcoming documentary below, and check out our review of her last work South and West: From a Notebook here.