Wit is the story of a literature professor, expert on John Donne’s metaphysical poetry, particularly his Holy Sonnets, and her experience of dying of cancer. “Death, be not proud, though some have called thee / Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so” (John Donne, HS 10)
On Iris Murdoch, Irish philosopher and novelist, and her battle with Alzheimer’s, Iris.
On Virginia Woolf (in a way), The Hours
Here are two on the French author, Marguerite Duras.
L’Amant (The Lover), based on Duras’ (somewhat) autobiographical novel by the same name.
For fans of Duras, Cet amour-là, based on the writings of her last lover, Yann Andrea Steiner, a much younger gay man.
The pre-revolutionary traveling days of Ernesto “Che” Guevara are told in the journey narrative The Motorcycle Diaries. Though it is not about writing per se, it is on a writer who would change the course of Latin American history.
The Motorcycle Diaries
The Hurricane is about the fight to free boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter from prison, and it is also about the power of books to change lives.
Dead Poets Society
Writing and disability
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
The Lives of Others and, on a lighter note, Adaptation, for the (politically) dangerous side of writing.