Diary of a Film

Niven Govinden

fiction
emotional reflective slow-paced

224 pages | first published 2021

An auteur, together with his lead actors, is at a prestigious European festival to premier his latest film.

Alone one morning at a backstreet café, he strikes up a conversation with a local woman who takes him on a walk to uncover the city's secrets, historic and personal. As the walk unwinds, a story of love and tragedy emerges, and he begins to see the chance meeting as fate. He is entranced, wholly clear in his mind: her story must surely form the basis for his next film.

This is a novel about cinema, flâneurs, and queer love - it is about the sometimes troubled, sometimes ecstatic creative process, and the toll it takes on its makers.

But it is also a novel about stories, and the ongoing question of who has the right to tell them.

What the community thinks

summary of 4 ratings (see reviews)

Moods

reflective 100%
emotional 75%
inspiring 50%
challenging 25%
hopeful 25%
lighthearted 25%
sad 25%

Pace

slow 75%
fast 25%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 66% | A mix: 33%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 66% | Yes: 33%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 100%

Diverse cast of characters?

It's complicated: 50% | No: 50%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

It's complicated: 33% | No: 33% | Yes: 33%

Average rating

4.0