13 May 2022

Niven Govinden: Diary of a Film

Posted by Niven Govinden

Ahead of his event with Gareth Evans for Diary of a Film, Niven Govinden shares some of his celluloid inspirations.

There's always been a strong cinematic presence to my work. Every novel I've written is indebted to film as much as literature; moods or tones from films I'd seen that stayed with me for years and that I wanted to infuse somehow on the page. In Diary of a Film, with it's conversational leaning towards films, books, and what makes a creative life, I had the chance to be more explicit about the cinema I loved. This is a brief list of films and filmmakers whose presence I hope can be felt, and maybe ones you'll reach for once you've finished the book.

The Garden of The Finzi-Continis (dir. Vittorio De Sica, 1970)

The Structure of Crystal  (dir. Krzysztof Zanussi, 1969)

My Own Private Idaho (dir. Gus Van Sant, 1991) / My Own Private River ( dirs. Gus Van Sant / Franco 2012)

La Terra Trema (dir. Luchino Visconti, 1948)

Fear Eats The Soul (dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974)

Daguerreotypes (dir. Agnes Varda, 1976)

To celebrate the novel’s release in paperback, Govinden will be in conversation with Gareth Evans, the Whitechapel Art Gallery’s Moving Image curator, get your tickets here.


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