Celebrity: Dominick Dunne (‘Dominick Dunne: After the Party’)

DOCUMENTARY; 1hr 25min

DIRECTED BY: Kristy de Garis and Timothy Jolley

Second life: Dunne

Dominick Dunne is a one-off: Vanity Fair magazine correspondent, author, personality in his own sage, 82-year-old right, and a specialist in the vagaries of the exceedingly and decadently well-heeled. “I only cover the trials of the rich, powerful and famous,” he explains in this revealing documentary from Australian co-directors Kristy de Garis and Timothy Jolley, “because it is different for them…”


Dunne came to VF in 1982 on the heels of a tragedy, covering the trial of his 22-year-old daughter Dominique’s killer. (He would go on to write about such hot-button cases as the Menendez brothers and O.J. Simpson.) Before that, Dunne lived a large and fabulous life in film and TV production, hobnobbing with Old Hollywood. But when his wife left him, he tumbled into drink and drugs before reinventing himself at age 50 as writer. These days, his passion is justice, and this chatty, dapper man is as unsparing with his subjects as he is honest about himself. He is, after all and above all, an observer.