Dunne is also a director; among a string of decent indie features, his 1995 debut short film “Duke of Groove” was nominated for an Oscar, and he’s been directing “The Good Wife” and writing a feature that he’d like to direct. Mostly he’s been fine-tuning the doc about Joan Didion, now that he’s finished interviewing her.
“She was really great,” he told me. “We have her in settings to evoke the essays she’s writing, and she’s reading from her work to make sort of a visual tapestry with archival footage from her life. I’ve interviewed Harrison Ford, a lot of people, some that know her, everyone from the literary world, anywhere in the arts, students no one’s ever heard of whose lives were transformed by her essays that helped them become the people they become. She has had such a profound effect on so many people. It covers all her life–it’s one of those things, many people remember their first Joan Didion story.”
He also provides a portrait of Didion’s life in Los Angeles in the 70s. “Part of our presentation is interviews talking about writers and actors and directors from the 70s and their houses in Broad Beach and Brentwood where they threw real dinner parties with an incredible collection of people: from the cinema world and journalism and cops and homicide detectives and D.A.s and movie stars.”
See the trailer below. I can’t wait.